CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eleven sustainability-conscious schools throughout the state have received funding for Green Apple Day of Service projects, which will take place Sept. 26 and Sept. 27. The selected schools will share $16,000 in mini-grant funding from ZMM Architects and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community members to volunteer with local schools in an effort to create learning environments that are safer, healthier and more efficient.
The schools and projects that received funding are as follows:
• Alban Elementary School in Kanawha County will build mini-greenhouses, plant flowers and create signage on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Charleston Montessori School in Kanawha County will conduct an energy audit and explain the benefits of an energy audit and sustainable practices to students on Sept. 26.
• Confidence Elementary School in Putnam County will host teachers, staff, students, parents and community members to plan activities and determine how to use the grant on Sept. 26 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
• Edgewood Elementary School in Kanawha County will host building walk-throughs on Sept. 26 to inform students and parents about the building’s sustainable features.
• Elk Center Elementary School in Kanawha County will retrofit the locker room with low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, low-flow shower heads and shower curtains made from recycled materials on Sept. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Hacker Valley School in Webster County will construct a greenhouse and prepare flower beds on Sept. 27.
• Hamlin PK-8 in Lincoln County will create vegetable gardens and a natural playground landscape on Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.
• Hometown Elementary School in Putnam County will fund a Trout Unlimited project. On Sept. 27, a pie social will be held in the gym from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha County will build a natural habitat for butterflies, bees and birds on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.
• Independence Middle School in Raleigh County will plant native plants and trees on the school’s campus on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m.
• Washington District Elementary School in Upshur County will purchase a recycling bin and will kick off a paper drive on Sept. 27.
To learn more about Green Apple Day of Service, or to volunteer for an event, visit www.mygreenapple.org
For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about the Adopt-A-Highway, West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia NonPoint Source and Youth Environmental programs, connect on Facebook.