We at JanPolk.com encourage using framed GAFC "respect series" images as "respect awards" for children and adults alike. One of our common bonds is that we all like to be treated with respect. Great American Flower Collection (GAFC) images carry a symbolic message to treat yourself with respect and to treat others with respect. Framed GAFC images with an engraved plate is fine art with a message that we all appreciate.
All the Great American Flower Collection "Original Collection" images are available as beautiful giclees which fit into a standard 8" x 10" frame. Unframed giclees are $40.00 each. To use as an award, we recommend you have it custom framed which is estimated to cost $160.00 depending on who you have do the framing.
The following images are available [Note: the website url does not appear on the actual giclees; all images are 8" x 10" and fit into standard frames.]:
"Blue Iris from the GAFC"
"Black Rose from the GAFC"
"Sunflower from the GAFC"
"Yellow Daffodil from the GAFC"
"Pink Gladiolus from the GAFC"
"Purple Peony from the GAFC"
To order an 8" x 10" giclee, please email your name, address, phone, and email address to email@example.com and we will make arrangements for you to pay by Visa or Master Cards via Pay Pal.
A lithograph of the "Blue Iris from the GAFC" is available for $20.00/unframed 8" x 10". or $120.00 customed framed.
Note cards ($16.00/box of 6) of GAFC images may be securely purchased on line at our webstore.Visa and Master Card accepted via PayPal. Free shipping!
The GAFC "respect series" images also appear in our book "A Year of Good Manners" by Margery Sinclair and Jan Polk. $27.95 (plus 5 cent handling fee) Free shipping, no taxes to contiguous states in the USA. Purchase on line at our webstore. Visa and Master Card accepted via PayPal. Free shipping within the USA on orders $50.00 or more!
If you would like a free 9 page index to "A Year of Good Manners," please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org No purchase necessary! You will want this book in your library after you see all the information that is covered.
Following is a bit of history about our GAFC Respect Awards and the first school to award them. We hope these outstanding young people, the future of our country, inspire you to develop and present "Manners Made Easy" and "Dare to be Different" type programs at your school.
In 2003, I met Mrs. Mary Lou Smith, an FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) teacher/advisor at Three Rivers Middle School in Cleves, OH. Mrs. Smith is GAFC’s first teacher to award “Respect Awards” to her sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.
As a result of being influenced by the Great American Flower Collection.™, and as a retirement gift to her students, Mary Lou developed a program called “Manners Made Easy." This is a four week, after school program which all students may attend. Mary Lou’s program taught the students social graces skills and helped them develop good self-esteem. These are skills that the students will use their entire life and will help them feel comfortable in any social or business situation.
During July 6-10, 2003, the 2003 FCCLA National Leadership Meeting was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mary Lou Smith accompanied three of her students, Megan Billow, Kelsey Graham, and Kim Mullins, to join five thousand Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country. These outstanding students worked with Mary Lou and her “Manners Made Easy” program.
We would like to acknowledge, congratulate, and thank Three Rivers Local Schools in Cleves, OH for being the first school to display the "Blue Iris from the Great American Flower Collection" tm, limited edition print in their school. (Three Rivers Local Schools,92 Cleves Ave., Cleves, OH 45002, ph. 513-941-6400, fx. 513-467-3207)
We also would like to thank Lake's Sporting Goods Shop in Harrison OH who did the engraving for the "Respect Award" and U Have Been Framed in Harrison, OH (owner Linda Wissel who gave a discount on the framing of the "Respect Awards"). It takes all of us working together to make our country the wonderful, strong, united country that we are.
In 2004, Mary Lou Smith, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)Teacher, and the Three Rivers Middle School in Cleves, Ohio, presented the "Blue Iris from the GAFC" image as an "FCCLA Respect Award" on the in-school broadcasting system called Video Clipboard. The FCCLA Chapter students decided what the guidelines would be to determine the recipient of the “FCCLA Respect Award”.
In January, 2004,The first GAFC Respect Award ever goes to 8th Grader Devin Patton from Three Rivers Middle School in Cleves, Ohio. Devin was honored to be the first recipient of her school's FCCLA Chapter's first "FCCLA Respect Award" using the GAFC image. Our congratulations to Devin Patton for exhibiting the qualities we all can strive for...showing respect for yourself and for others...our common bonds as Americans and as civilized people
February, 2004, Three Rivers Middle Schools FCCLA Chapter Presents the “Respect Award” to Erin Hafer, Cleves, Ohio Erin was chosen to be the second recipient of FCCLA's "Respect Award" because she exemplifies good character traits.
Erin Hafer, daughter of Debbie and Keith Hafer was presented with the Three Rivers Middle School's FCCLA Chapter’s “Respect Award". Erin, a seventh grade student, was chosen because she exemplifies good character traits. Erin is an Honor Roll student and is active on the Jacket Swim Team, Student Council and Drama Club. Congratulations Erin!
FCCLA presents Third Respect Award to Kayla McCarthy, a sixth grade student at Three Rivers Middle School, Cleves, OH. Kayla, an Honor Roll student, was chosen because she exemplifies good character traits. Congratulations, Kayla!
Megan Billow and Kim Mullins, officers of the FCCLA Chapter which selects the "Respect Awards" Recipients, are to be congratulated. They scored a 99 out of a possible 100 points on their Star Event (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Project at the Regional FCCLA Rally! Their display board was titled, "Dare to be Different: Learn the Social Graces." Megan and Kim gave a ten minute presentation on this topic to the three Rally judges. We wish Megan and Kim good luck at the State FCCLA Convention in Columbus, OH, on April 27, 28, 2004. If their presention wins the State Convention, Teacher Mary Lou Smith, Megan Billow, and Kim Mullins will then take their program to the FCCLA Nationals in Chicago, IL.
Congratulations to Kim and Megan and their leader Mrs. Mary Lou Smith. On April 28, 2004, their presentation did win the right to compete at the National level in Chicago, IL!!!
Congratulations to the following “FCCLA Respect Awards" recipients at the end of the 2003-2004 school year:
Alex Krebs won the “FCCLA Respect Award.” Jill and Roger Krebs are proud of their son. Alex played football, was in the 7th grade Chorus and was on the wrestling team. Alex enjoys traveling. Congratulations, Alex.
Megan Billow, daughter of Michelle and Eric Smith is an 8th grade student at Three Rivers Middle School. Megan was the President of the FCCLA Club. The club members voted to give Megan the "FCCLA Respect Award." Megan has been an active member of the FCCLA for all 3 years while attending the Middle School. Megan’s goal in life is to attend Florida University. Megan is an honor student. Congratulations, Megan, on receiving this award.
Sam Marco, an 8th grade student at Three Rivers Middle School, was awarded the "FCCLA Respect Award." Sam is the son of Linda and Tom Marco. Sam was the computer operator on the Video Clipboard Show, an in-school broadcasting program at the Middle School. He was in the Honor Society for 2 years.
Sam participated in basketball and golf. Sam was also chosen by the Three Rivers staff as the outstanding 8th grade boy. This award is one of the most distinguished awards given to a student.
Brad Hines, a 6th grade student at the Middle School, is the son of Mike and Gina Hines. Brad was chosen to receive the "FCCLA Respect Award." Brad enjoys all outside activities. He is an honor student and participated in swimming, Chorus and football this year.
All student bios are provided by Mrs. Mary Lou Smith.
Mrs. Smith is to be commended for developing and giving "the gift that will last a life time" to the students who have received the “FCCLA Respect Awards” and attended the Manners Made Easy course. Mrs. Smith shows remarkable foresight, leadership, caring and concern for all her students. She retired in 2004, and as a gift to her students, she started the "Manners Made Easy" program and the "Respect Awards." Good Character traits and Social Skills make for confident, caring, law-abiding citizens who make this a better world for themselves and all of us. Thank you Mary Lou Smith for devoting your life to you students and your family. Thank you for leading the way by example (deeds) rather than just words!
Only the individual can determine what kind of life he/she will lead. We are proud of the students at Three Rivers Middle School and of Teacher Mary Lou Smith.
We hope these outstanding young people, the future of our country, inspire you to develop and present "Manners Made Easy" and "Dare to be Different" type programs at your school.