Rockford Roguewood Elementary

Rockford elementaries earn Green School awards

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

Roguewood and Valley View may soon have other Rockford elementaries going green with envy. Both have been honored with an award by Green School awards program hosted by Kent County and Kent ISD. The ceremony took place at the LEED certified Fine Arts Center in Forest Hills Public Schools. According to Principal Hiblen, the students had 20 “green” project options and were to complete ten of them before Earth Day on April 22. “We did a bunch of different things,” Hiblen said of his Roguewood Green Team. The students set a goal for the school to recycle all paper, implemented a battery recycling program, all as part of a district-wide comprehensive energy-savings program that has saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars.   Both schools sent their Green Team students for a ceremony recognizing their successful efforts.   Brad Davison, fifth grade teacher at Valley View and  Nancy Berg, fourth grade teacher, were co-sponsors of the student-run Green Team at Valley View.  Students decided on their ten state green school projects and have worked on these all yearlong. They include designing and planting a native Michigan rain garden, recycling paper and plastic, being involved in a plastic bag county project (they recycled over 22,000 plastic bags), designing environmental teaching lessons and teaching to lower elementary grade levels, hosting environmental speakers, and starting a composting center for lunch food scraps.  “We are very proud of the efforts all the students at Valley View and especially the Green Team,” said Berg.   Hiblen said of the students at both schools, “I am extremely proud, really it’s an example of documenting things kids do every day and I celebrate the chance of giving them credit for that.” “The Green Schools program supports the county’s continued effort to strengthen conservation, encourage energy reduction and build ‘green buildings’ like our new Department of Human Services and District Court buildings,” noted Roger C. Morgan, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners.  “We are excited to partner with Kent County in presenting these awards to our schools,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Kevin A. Konarska, and have been told we are the only ISD-County partnership in Michigan Green Schools. The students and educators here today are great examples of the energy and […]