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of Sherri Steward-Ganz's most memorable projects
began after she learned about a presentation primatologist
Jane Goodall was giving in Fort Worth.
"I was determined to meet her," says Steward-Ganz.
After frequent calls, faxes and much persistence, a gold-edged invitation arrived.
Steward-Ganz says she felt like Cinderella going to the ball to meet her childhood
"I showed up in a borrowed evening dress and sat alone," she says. "I
was surprised when Jane approached me and sat with me during the event."
Goodall proved to be more than a fairy godmother or idol from a magazine.
She inspired Steward-Ganz to create an environmental curriculum and outdoor learning
center at Grapevine High School.
In 1991, when Steward-Ganz tried to build the ecology center on land behind the
school, she didn't know she would face so many obstacles. With a dumpsite
on the land, there were plans to pave the area and turn it into a parking lot.
Despite opposition, Steward-Ganz petitioned the school board to give her a year
to create an outdoor learning center. Her request was finally granted, and a
year after the cleanup started, Goodall helped dedicate the four-acre open-air
sanctuary known as the Grapevine High School Ecology Center.