One school was recognized as a West Virginia Sustainable School - Berkeley Springs High School. They were honored in Washington DC as a US Green Ribbon School on July 20, 2016.
Within this rural community, there has been a natural interest in the resurgence of local and farm to school movements. Local growers have supported this culture by employing BSHS students and offering options for students to grow produce on campus to be sold to the school district for use in school cafeterias. Local produce from many of the surrounding farms is sourced through the school district, and enhances the commitment to providing local, nutritious produce while contributing to economic development in the community. These practices educate students to become aware of their ability to participate in creating a healthy place to live and grow.
Learn more about Berkeley Springs High School here.
One school was recognized as a West Virginia Sustainable School—North Elementary in Monongalia County. They were honored in Washington DC as a US Green Ribbon School on June 3, 2015.
North Elementary is the first school in Monongalia County to adopt a farm-to-school initiative. The school’s model includes 24 outdoor raised beds, a composting facility, in-classroom growing facilities, vermicomposting, and project-based learning curricula. A high tunnel with 14 additional beds and a new science lab are in the works. Primary aims of these projects include developing a rainwater harvesting system, increasing school garden and local farm produce in school lunch and after school events, expanding and integrating more nutrition into the GBL curriculum, and educating families and community about healthy food and life choices.
Learn more about North Elementary here.
Two schools were recognized as WV Sustainable Schools and nominated to the US Green Ribbon Schools for 2013-14. They were:
Both were named US Green Ribbon Schools and recognized at a ceremony in Washington DC.
Later that same summer, the US Department of Education toured West Virginia’s US Green Ribbon Schools and the WV Department of Education. Read highlights of that tour: http://blog.ed.gov/2014/08/moving-sustainability-forward-in-the-mountain-state/.
Two schools and one district were recognized as WV Sustainable Schools and nominated to the US Green Ribbon Schools for 2012-13. They were:
All three were named US Green Ribbon Schools. Read the news release about the 2012-13 winners.
Below is a picture of Hometown Elementary School principal, Carol Graham, receiving that school's award.
Four schools were nominated to the US Green Ribbon Schools award program in 2011-12. They were:
Two of these schools were named US Green Ribbon Schools. They were Hilltop Elementary in Marshall County and Wyoming County Career and Technical Center. Read the news release about the 2012 winners.
Additionally, the following schools were recognized for their achievements: