Newcastle Elementary named Earth Hero

April 5, 2012

By Staff

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Students, parents, teachers and staff members who share a passion for environmental conservation — including at 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.”

A King County Green School since 2009, Newcastle Elementary School ensures its recycling and composting programs thrive through Waste Watchers, a program where students monitor 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.

The school has also increased its recycling rate from 50 percent to 60 percent.

The executive will present awards to Earth Heroes at 4:30 p.m. April 26 at Maplewood Greens, in Renton.

The program will recognize one student, three student groups, four school programs, eight teachers and seven other school employees this year.

Some of the accomplishments of those receiving the awards include enhancing the health of a local watershed; creating an eco-leaders program for fifth-graders to teach environmental topics to younger schoolmates; repairing old computers and distributing them free to needy families; and repurposing and reusing furniture, equipment and materials that would otherwise have been discarded.

Many winners also participate in the King County Green Schools Program to take specific actions to conserve natural resources and reduce waste.

Email Donna Miscolta at donna.miscolta@kingcounty.gov or call 206-296-4477 for information about the Earth Heroes at School Program.

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