Thumbs up for these greenies

It’s not an easy job having a green thumb but these three schools have what it takes.

Leaning Tree Community School, Dongara District High School and Chapman Valley Primary School were recently named winners of NACC’s inaugural Green School Awards.

The event, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, champions schools in the Northern Agricultural Region that exercise a comprehensive approach to creating “green” environments through reducing environmental impact, raising environmental awareness, and providing students with an opportunity to share their “green” project ideas.

“When we set out this year to celebrate the 25 years of Landcare, and to recognise a positive contribution of the local schools on the natural environment, we didn’t know about the quality of the applications we would receive,” NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe said.

“But we discovered that these schools are doing fantastic work and are engaging in some of the most innovative environmental projects in the region.

“Environmental and outdoor education, play a central role in providing students with a well-rounded education, not only making them aware of their natural environment, but also helping prepare them for the future.”

Mr Yokwe, who orchestrated the event, said winners of NACC Green School Awards demonstrated great examples of the ways schools could help children , protect our precious natural assets and provide healthy learning environments.

NACC is proud to help recognise the comprehensive achievements of local schools and community groups, and will continue in helping students become environmentally aware and active.
The next Green School Awards competition will be held in March 2016. All local schools across the NAR are encouraged to apply, so please watch this space.

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