CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sixteen schools in West Virginia will share more than $12,200 in grant funding for sustainability projects as part of the Green Apple Day of Service. The grants are provided by ZMM Architects & Engineers and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
The projects will kick off on or about Sept. 26 – which is Green Apple Day of Service.
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 receiving funding are:
- Ripley Elementary in Jackson County will receive $750 to develop "Green Teams" at the school. Each team will adopt an environmental task and participate in paper recycling. The goal is to work across curriculum to discuss the importance of trees and other plants that go into making paper;
- Carver Career and Technical Education Center in Kanawha County will receive $500 to establish a recycling effort called GoingGreen@Carver;
- Chamberlain Elementary in Kanawha County will receive $550 for the creation of a garden space and a school‐wide recycling program including student design flyers and other signage describing what is recyclable and how to implement recycling at home;
- Dunbar Intermediate in Kanawha County will receive $750 to replace a tree that is being removed with five trees. Students will also create a perennial flower bed and activate a blacktop area by painting activities on it, and add planter boxes for gardening activities;
- Holz Elementary in Kanawha County will receive $1,000 for its “Greening the Outdoor Classroom” design session and implementation;
- Mary C. Snow Elementary in Kanawha County will receive $954 to establish a "Little Green Thumbs" school gardening program that incorporates sustainability, plant life, food production, communication, and patience. This project will also promote cooperative interaction with other community groups;
- Mountaineer Montessori in Kanawha County will receive $1,000 for its Agriculture Program and Micro‐Economy projects, including establishing worm bins and hen houses;
- Midway Elementary in Lincoln County will receive $750 to build a small greenhouse;
- Beale Elementary in Mason County will receive $750 for its "Recycling Bengal Style" program, which will create a school and community recycling program for plastic bottles;
- Suncrest Primary in Monongalia County will receive $1,000 to develop a playground for the new school carved from trees taken from the site of the old school;
- Confidence Elementary in Putnam County will receive $500 to plant shade trees for its playground and make greenhouse improvements;
- Buckhannon-Upshur Middle in Upshur County will receive $726 for the "Go Green for the Buccaneers!" project, which will include landscaping, signage, rain barrel, bird houses, and a butterfly garden;
- Spring Valley Career and Technical Education Center in Wayne County will receive $750 for cleaning, painting, and new floor mats;
- Spring Valley High in Wayne County will receive $750 to utilize student leadership to implement a beautification project utilizing native landscaping;
- Tolsia High in Wayne County will receive $750 for beautification, including cleaning and landscaping;
- Wayne High in Wayne County will receive $750 for beautification, including landscaping and a new entrance addition.
For more information about the sustainability projects being funded through this grant program, contact West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Sustainability Officer Greg Adolfson at Gregory.E.Adolfson@wv.gov. To learn more about Green Apple Day of Service, or to volunteer for an event, visit www.mygreenapple.org.
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