We Noticed Award Presented to Coral Reef Academy

    by Austin Rushnell, Hometown News
    • MELBOURNE – Brevard County is host to a plethora of beautiful landscapes and ecosystems, and some establishments are proving that beautiful buildings are no exception to the rule.

Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB), an organization dedicated to the cleanup and preservation of Brevard County’s natural resources, gave Coral Reef Academy its “We Noticed” award on Aug. 9.

The day care, preschool and after-school center at 1755 W. NASA Blvd., Melbourne, was awarded for its efforts in landscaping with a Florida-friendly mindset and for its bright, beautiful establishment. The academy’s original location is at 4945 Stack Blvd. in Melbourne.

 Nicole Webb, executive director for Coral Reef Academy, told Hometown News that Keep Brevard Beautiful contacted the academy “out of the blue” to notify it of the honor.

“My understanding is that it is a nominations process, and that there was an individual either on [KBB’s] board, or in their group…Apparently there was a gentleman that had driven by our building multiple times, and nominated us for the award, ” Ms. Webb said.

“We were kind of just minding our own business one day, it’s kind of the best way to win,” Ms. Webb added.

 What makes the CRA establishment on West NASA Boulevard stand out is its colorful building, which helps to promote a more pleasant atmosphere in the area.

“Our building is kind of a beacon of color in a very not-so-colorful stretch,” Ms. Webb said. “[In NASA Boulevard,] there’s a lot of aerospace buildings and companies right through there, and so whenever we have families coming, to try and locate us we say, ‘keep driving— it’s the big colorful building. You can’t miss it!’”

According to a recent press release from KBB, “Coral Reef Academy was recognized for its unique play area and outdoor landscaping that includes shrubs with multicolored berries, magnolia trees and Florida-friendly plants. The facility was designed to grab the attention of those driving past with bright colors and playful geometric shapes.”

For more information about Coral Reef Academy, visit www.mycoralreefacademy.com.