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Being healthy a key to sustainability, Green Flag Award at Copper Mesa Elementary

HIGHLANDS RANCH – At Copper Mesa Elementary the simple act of walking to school is but part of a bigger picture.
 
“Being involved in physical activity, it really helps focus, centers you, helps get some of the energy out so the kids are better to focus and attend to their classes,” said Copper Mesa Elementary Principal Luan Ezra.
 
Healthy kids is one of the three categories the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Program uses to inspire schools across the country to strive for 21st century excellence and sustainability.
 
“If you don’t take care of your body now as a kid, then you’re going to have a hard time as you get older,” said Copper Mesa Green Team member Makenna Hollingshead.
 
“We’re trying to help ourselves by being healthy and active,” added Green Team member Preston Hodges.
 
In addition to healthy kids, the Green Team leads the students in energy management by turning off all unused lights and electronic equipment. They also participate in consumption and waste programs by minimizing soap and paper towel use in the bathrooms and saving on plastics by using hydration stations to reuse water bottle containers. 
 
“As you can see, this hydration station alone has saved 1145 bottles of water,” said Green Team member Megan Sorenson while demonstrating the hydration station.
 
Copper Mesa Elementary was one of two Douglas County schools honored for their efforts in sustainability. On Thursday April 25, Copper Mesa and Flagstone Elementary Schools were awarded the national Green Flag Award.  They are the fourteenth and fifteenth schools in the nation and 1st in Colorado to raise the Green Flag.
 
“When we won the Green Flag, I was super excited. I was really proud of my school and I was proud of the Green Team and so happy that we could earn this,” added Preston Hodges.
 
Principal Ezra concludes, “This isn’t a project that started and is over.  This is really going to a life-long adventure for some of these kids.”
 
For more information about the Green Flag Award, go to http://www.nwf.org/eco-schools-usa/become-an-eco-school/awards/green-fla...
 
June 4, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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