Five schools and the science department honored by the Hampton Clean City Commission
Congratulations to the 2016 Hampton Clean City Commission award winners. Moton Early Childhood Center and the Hampton City Schools science department (pictured left) received the Clean City Award. Burbank Elementary School, Jones Magnet Middle School, Phenix PreK-8 School, and Spratley Gifted Center (pictured below) received the Green School Award.
The Clean City Awards recognize those citizens, organizations, and workplaces that go well beyond the average enthusiasm that is common among clean city advocates in Hampton. They give their whole hearts to making Hampton a cleaner and greener city.
Moton Early Childhood Center educates the entire school on the importance of taking care of the planet through special presentations, story times, and activities. The students and staff recycle and reduce waste from the beginning of each school year to the end. The school’s waste awareness efforts were crowned by an Earth Day celebration that included signing a pledge and having a parade.
The Hampton City Schools science department has been instrumental in working with schools on a variety of environmental projects. They provided training to 56 teachers at all levels on incorporating schoolyard restoration projects and field investigations. Ten schools (19 teachers and 450 students) from elementary, middle, and high schools raised and planted 20,000 oysters in local waterways. In addition, they provided funding for the purchase of plants from Countryside Gardens for all schools to use in establishing school gardens or beautifying their school grounds. They funded outdoor waterway classes for 725 students at all levels with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and James River Association and analyzed water quality data from a variety of sources. They also alerted schools to, and encouraged participation in, the International Coastal Clean-up and Clean the Bay Day.
The Green School Awards recognize no more than five schools that develop environmental programs and activities in six areas: litter prevention, environmental education within the classrooms and in extracurricular activities, school beautification, environmental leadership through related clubs, and energy and water conservation.
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