Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Warner Elementary School is Delaware’s 2018 Green Ribbon award winner, becoming the state’s nominee for the national award.
The Green Ribbon program recognizes schools for exemplary achievement and considerable progress in three areas: 1) reducing environmental impact and costs; 2) improving the health and wellness of students and staff; and 3) providing effective environmental and sustainability education by incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), civic skills and green career pathways.
Warner went from a school that did not recycle at all to a school that has placed recycling as a top priority amongst its students and staff:
- Every classroom now has a recycling bin for paper, plastics, and aluminum. On a weekly basis, the school recycles about 130 pounds of classroom “trash.”
- The school upgraded its Styrofoam lunch trays to recycled paper trays and now recycles all the milk jugs in the lunch room.
- All third-graders visit the Delaware Solid Waste Authority to learn about recycling and conservation.
“This is a crucial first step in our student’s knowledge of the importance of recycling. The students gain the knowledge needed to make changes within their school and community to help save the planet,” the school wrote in its application.