The program that honored Ponder promotes leadership by example that will increase conservation of the natural resources of Alabama. That includes our wildlife, forests, soils, water and the air we breathe.
Ponder has been one of the leaders who created educational wildlife themes all around the new schools in Munford and he hopes to one day help the county system hire an environmental teacher who could include those themes in all subject areas.
“A lot of kids don’t know where a 2-by-4 comes from or where a tomato or milk comes from,” Ponder said. “We have to make sure they have their facts right before they have to make decisions involving these resources.”
Ponder is right. Our young people must learn about the natural resources we so blessed to have in Alabama. By teaching them about the resources, we hope they will learn to make sure we take care of those resources.
Johnny Ponder is a great resource for the children of Talladega Country. We salute him and the work he did to receive this award.