Newcastle Elementary honored with King County Earth Heroes award

March 29, 2012

NEW — 10:50 a.m. March 29, 2012

Students, parents, teachers and staff members who share a passion for environmental conservation — including Newcastle Elementary School — will be honored by King County Executive Dow Constantine at the county’s annual “Earth Heroes at School” ceremony in April.

“These stewards of the environment are our heroes – for conserving resources, protecting the environment, and spreading the word about sustainable practices,” Constantine said in a statement. “I am proud to recognize them for their hands-on commitment to the planet.”

As a King County Green School since 2009, Newcastle Elementary School ensures its recycling and composting programs thrive through Waste Watchers, a program where students who monitor the lunchroom containers to ensure proper sorting.

In an effort to save paper, the school’s staff meeting notes are no longer printed out, and teachers and students work together to post signs about conserving resources.

Newcastle Elementary has also increased its recycling rate from 50 to 60 percent.

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