Recognizing that turn-about is fair play, students graded their teachers on a series of “green” activities such as recycling and turning off lights when leaving the room. Teachers received a green star each week that they met all green objectives. Classrooms were reviewed weekly by students in Central High’s Academic Essentials class and teachers who accumulated ten green stars won the contest.
“We were looking for fun ways to involve teachers and students in our greening initiatives,” said Carolyn McGrath, Central High School Green Team member, McGrath shared her idea at the district-wide Green Team meeting and Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space recognized the winners with tokens of appreciation.
“FoHVOS was thrilled to partner because the Green Star contest is a fantastic idea on so many levels,” added FoHVOS executive director Lisa Wolff, “Teachers are modeling great habits applicable to students in their day-to-day lives. Plus, we really enjoy any opportunity to honor our teachers!”
Facilities work throughout the Hopewell Valley Regional School District is designed to reduce resource utilization and improve efficiency. “Hopewell has a long history of reducing our carbon footprint and saving money in the process. For example, our solar panels literally generate revenue for our district,” claimed Superintendent Tom Smith. “In the past few years, we’ve concentrated on bringing ‘greening’ efforts into the classrooms. We have developed more environmental curricula and last year we saved over $65,000 simply by reducing classroom printing. I applaud the teachers for building on our environmental success.”
Green star tracking runs through the end of the school year and Ms. McGrath predicts many more teachers will complete the green star contest.
About Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS):
FoHVOS is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving the Valley's character through land and natural resource protection. To learn more about FoHVOS, visit www.fohvos.org or call 609.730.1560.