West Middle School Receives Green School Award
Release Date: 7/2/2008 2:32:17 PM
WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES GREEN SCHOOL AWARD
West Middle School has been selected as a Maryland Green School for 2008. The Maryland Green School Awards Program, sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, recognizes Maryland public and private schools that:
- use their school site and curricular instruction to prepare students to understand and act on current and future environmental challenges facing all Marylanders
- model environmental best management practices in building and landscape design, operation and maintenance
- build and maintain partnerships with the local community to enhance environmental learning and to design and implement projects and programs that result in a healthier environment.
The mission of West Middle School 's Green School Project is to maintain an environmentally friendly school while protecting the Earth's environment through the actions of students, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members. The school has formed partnerships with many local community organizations resulting in opportunities to address environmental issues in the local community.
Students constructed thirty bluebird boxes in cooperation with Outdoor School , Bear Branch Environmental Center , and William Winchester Elementary School . The boxes will be donated to the community. Old cell phones are collected and given to the Westminster Police Department to be distributed to battered and abused women who may need to call 911 in emergencies. Large quantities of plastic grocery bags are recycled through a program with Giant. Sixth grade students returning from Outdoor School pledge to help the environment by doing projects at home or in their community.
Several representatives from West Middle School will be attending the celebration of Maryland Green Schools on Thursday, May 29, at The Community College of Baltimore County. In addition to the official ceremony, West Middle will hold a school-wide celebration on Friday, May 30. During the celebration, the school will unveil the Green School flag and will officially kick off the rain garden that was planted with grant money from the Chesapeake Bay Trust Foundation.