T ahoma Junior High is among just 66 public schools in the nation and three statewide to be named a U.S. Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
“These schools are engaging in some of the most innovative school reforms anywhere,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday in announcing the list of winners. This is the first year for the program.
“Science, environmental and outdoor education plays a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future,” Duncan said.
Back in September, states were asked to nominate three public and one private school for the new Green Ribbon program. Schools had to demonstrate excellence in three pillars: the school’s work on lowering environmental impact and improving energy efficiency; the school’s ability to provide a healthy school environment; and the school’s efforts to educate kids about sustainability.
Washington State nominated Tahoma Junior High along with Camelot Elementary in Federal Way, the Secondary Academy for Success in Bothell and the Overlake School in Redmond. All four were announced on Monday as Green Ribbon Schools winners. Of nearly 100 nominees from 29 states and Washington, D.C., 78 public and private schools were named winners.
When nominees were announced in March, Junior High Principal Rob Morrow credited the dedication of staff and students. Read more about what Morrow and other administrators say about the junior high’s green programs HERE.
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