Sedalia Honors Green Ribbon Award

Sedalia Elementary Honors Green Ribbon with Day of Community Service
Posted on 10/16/2019

SEDALIA– On an otherwise normal Monday, Sedalia Elementary took a break from their normal routine. The entire school took a day to celebrate what has become part of their routine - excellence in sustainability.

In 2017 the school was honored by the U.S. Department of Education with the Green Ribbon Award. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the award recognizes schools that “reduce environmental impact and costs; improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.”

Sustainability has truly become part of the school’s culture. “We do a lot more than just turn the lights off when we leave the room, and recycle paper,” explains Principal Jeff Johnson. They recycle five different ways. A good portion of food waste goes to feed their chickens or is used as compost.

This day was about cleaning up trash. Students divided into large groups and walked through their small town armed with bright orange trash bags. They found car parts, food wrappers, aluminum cans, and all sorts of other trash. “It’s not helping the environment, and that’s why we came out here to pick it up,” said one 6th Grader.

Johnson estimates that over 300 pounds of trash were collected. Many students and staff commented that the amount of trash was significantly less than the two previous years they had done this. “The good news might be that the town of Sedalia and the folks here are kind of keeping that picked up on a more regular basis.” DCSD Sustainability Coordinator and former Sedalia teacher Beth Church agrees. “Maybe we’re making a little bit of an impact somewhere.”

Making an impact on the environment is all part of Sedalia Elementary’s routine.

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