Students recognized for going ‘green and healthy’

Central Elementary students were recently in the spotlight for their efforts at improving school health and promoting environmental sustainability.

During an awards ceremony held in Frankfort on April 24, students and teachers from across the Commonwealth were recognized for their participation in project-based learning programs by Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools and the Kentucky National Energy Education Development Youth Summit.

Students at Central Elementary received a School in Progress plaque for completing three categories in the green and healthy program.

“We are extremely proud of the students at Central Elementary and their continued efforts at going green,” said Kim Merida, facilities coordinator for the school district.

“Central Elementary has been a strong supporter of the district’s energy initiatives as they explore new and creative projects to promote a green and healthy school and lifestyle,” said Merida.

Part of the requirement for participating in the green and healthy program is completing a rigorous program of research and school improvement focused on the nine topics in health and environmental sustainability.

Central Elementary was one of nine schools to receive awards this year for leading efforts to save their school money, reduce harmful environmental impacts, reduce energy consumption and improve student health.

“It inspires me to see the students’ projects and how excited they are about making their school and community environments healthier and more efficient,” said Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Thomas O. Zawacki, who was the keynote speaker at the summit.

“I hope that participation in these programs helps students find the joy of learning, working together and striving to make the world a better place.

According to the Kentucky Environmental Education Council, more than 275 schools in more than 75 counties currently participate in Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools programs.

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