Going Green as a LEAF at Parkway School

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Parkway School fifth graders perform a skit on recycling, Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Contributed photo

Congratulations to Parkway School! Parkway has been designated a Connecticut Green Leaf School for recognizing environmental sciences, energy conservation and wellness programs.

Students celebrated by presenting a play entitled, “Parkway’s Great Green Leaf Adventure.”

The play was written by teachers and students, and highlighted the work of the school community to ‘grow green’. The skits performed included a group of student scientists utilizing the Parkway pollinator garden as an outdoor classroom, models of recycling, and the promotion of the many ways we can all make the ‘little changes that make a big difference’.

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Energy Education Specialist Laurel Kohl surprised Parkway School students and teachers with the CT Green Leaf Banner at “Parkway’s Great Green Leaf Adventure” on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. From left Parkway School Principal Patricia Allen, Teachers Rebecca Mollica and Maryjane Ackroyd, and Laurel Kohl. Contributed photo

Surprising Parkway students at the end of the show, Energy Education Specialist, Laurel Kohl, presented the Connecticut Green Leaf banner in recognition of the school’s work as environmental stewards.

Ms. Kohl commended students for being necessary ‘agents of change’.

She also noted that the school is ‘well on the way’ to receiving nomination for the national award given by the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon program.

Parkway is the 66th school in the state to be included in the Green LEAF program, a collaborative effort between the Connecticut State Departments of Education, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Administrative Services and Public Health, among others to support schools in “growing greener”.

The Green Leaf program focuses on, “Leading, Educating, Achieving and Fostering healthy green schools for all.” The three goals of the program are to: provide education in environmental sciences and sustainability; improve health and wellness of school community; and reduce environmental impact.

For more information about the Green Leaf program, please visit www.ctgreenleaf.org

Parkway School is also pursuing a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon, which recognizes schools that:

1. Reduce environmental impact and costs;

2. Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and

3. Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways

For more information, visit US Dept. of Education Green Ribbon Schools


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