It is an honor to be considered an Eco-School. Schools that are certified in the program through the National Wildlife Federation undergo a thorough application process and succeed in organizing and implementing a comprehensive assessment of their school. Eco-Schools USA combines effective “green” management of the school grounds, facilities, and the curriculum.
This year Wesley is proud to be awarded the highest honor for an Eco-School, the prestigious Green Flag Award. Wesley is the first Atlanta Public School to be awarded the Green Flag.
Wesley earned the Green Flag Award for our work in three pathways of the Eco-Schools program. The pathways we are continuing to work on are: Energy Reduction (our ‘Last Out, Lights Off and ‘Power Down’ campaigns), Consumption and Waste (our reduce and recycle initiatives, which include our paper, can and bottle recycling in the building, and our bring your own reusable bottle campaign), and Schoolyard Habitat (our vegetable and pollinator gardens). This year we will continue these pathways and also begin to touch on the Water Conservation and Healthy Schools pathways. Our new large water tank and our tastings fall into these paths.
Leading up to our Flag Ceremony, we had events throughout the week: a community garden workday on Saturday, garden yoga, lessons in the library all week, trash and recycling activities in PE, and a cafeteria audit in conjunction with the PTSA Green and Healthy Team.
On Friday many people came to celebrate with Wesley as the National Wildlife Federation came to present the Green Flag. The ceremony was a great celebration of all the work that Wesley students and teachers have done toward taking care of our planet and our community.
We had honored guests in attendance from the National Wildlife Federation and from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms office. Also celebrating with us was Matt Underwood, the Executive Director of Innovation from Atlanta Public Schools, Douglas Hrabe who is Director at Fernbank Science Center, and Michelle Wirth and Elise Falco from Georgia Charter Schools Association.
Our own Executive Director Mr. Marshall shared how important it is for kids to learn about healthy eating and a healthy planet. He wouldn’t want them to grow up thinking mac and cheese is a vegetable like he did all those years eating at Picadilly!
Thank you for all your support that enables Wesley to continue to grow and go green!