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King County program honors Kent schools for conservation

Eleven schools in the Kent School District were given recognition by King County for their successful conservation practices from the county’s Green Schools Program.

The program has served a growing number of schools each year, with 100 schools participating in 2009-10, 120 in 2010-11, and 154 in 2011-12. The program has three levels which involve students and staff in learning about and practicing conservation of natural resources.

All Kent District schools have completed Level One and Level Two, and Kent-Meridian High School completed Level Three.

The schools that completed Level One were Cedar Valley Elementary School, Covington Elementary School, Daniel Elementary School, East Hill Elementary School (also completed Level Two requirements in 2011-12), Fairwood Elementary School, Kentlake High School, Meadow Ridge Elementary School, Meeker Middle School, Meridian Middle School, Millennium Elementary School and Ridgewood Elementary School.

The schools that completed Level Two were Crestwood Elementary School, East Hill Elementary School and Soos Creek Elementary School.

The award-winning King County Green Schools Program provides hands-on assistance, recycling containers and stickers, and the ongoing support schools need to engage students and staff in conservation actions.

Simple steps, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms and recycling paper, bottles and cans, add up to big benefits.In addition to providing schools with the hands-on help they need, the Green Schools Program offers a website, www.kingcounty.gov/GreenSchools, with helpful tools and resources.

King County also provides an elementary school assembly program, classroom workshops and support for student green teams.

Schools and districts interested in the Green Schools Program can contact dale.alekel@kingcounty.gov.

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