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by Karla Camacho, KTB Communications Coordinator


In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month, recognizing the remarkable contributions that women have made to society, particularly in their local communities. The efforts of several intelligent and influential women have been instrumental in laying the foundation and promoting the development of Keep Texas Beautiful. Our mission is to inspire and empower Texas communities to keep their surroundings clean and beautiful. This month, we honor and celebrate the work of individuals who inspire us at Keep Texas Beautiful, such as Sadie Ray Graff. In recognition of her outstanding contribution to environmental education, we present the Sadie Ray Graff Educator Award, which is part of the Beautify Texas Awards. This award acknowledges the efforts of educators who promote youth involvement in the KTB mission through environmental education.


Who is she?

Notably, Sadie Ray Graff dedicated 50 years of her life to educating others, and even after retiring, she continued to pursue her passion by immersing elementary schools in conservation and recycling projects as part of the Beautify San Antonio Association. She received several awards and accolades, including being named part of the “Top Ten Outstanding Women of the Year” by the San Antonio Express-News in 1967, receiving the Lady Bird Johnson Award from Keep America Beautiful in 1982, and being named distinguished alumna by the Southwest Texas State University in 1983.

Most importantly, as Women’s History Month comes to a close let’s acknowledge the exceptional contributions that women have made in their communities. Women have been at the forefront of the environmental movement, championing issues of conservation and pollution, among others. Sadie Ray Graff’s work still serves as an inspiration at Keep Texas Beautiful. Let us honor and celebrate the contributions made by women in our community and work towards a future that provides everyone with the opportunity to make a positive impact on our planet.