After a long week of standardized tests, students in the lower Hudson Valley are ready to get out of the classroom and enjoy all our Earth has to offer.
Schools are currently planning different activities and programs to demonstrate the importance of preserving our environment and promoting ways to live green.
Environmentally friendly Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle has been hard at work getting ready to celebrate this year’s Earth Day.
“We have something called DOTS, or, ‘Do One Thing,’ which gets the students talking about what they would do to help keep the Earth healthy,” Ward science teacher David Nodiff said of the students’ interest in saving the environment.
The students have also organized a Green Team and share environmentally friendly tips with the school each morning during announcements.
On March 22, after reviewing 26 applications, Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. nominated Sleepy Hollow Middle School for the Green Ribbon Award.
The Green Ribbon Award, through the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes schools that do everything they can to be environmentally sound. Schools such as nominee Sleepy Hollow Middle School and Anne Hutchinson Elementary School in Eastchester, which received an honorable mention, are the prime examples of how schools are be green.
The winner of the award will be announced the day after Earth Day, April 23, by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.