Four Washington Schools Win National Award
OLYMPIA — April 24, 2012 — Three Washington state public schools and one private school have won the U.S. Department of Education’s new Green Ribbon Schools Award.
The announcement was made Monday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson.
The schools, the only four in the state to be nominated, include Camelot Elementary School (Federal Way School District), Tahoma Junior High School (Tahoma), Secondary Academy for Success (Northshore) and The Overlake School (a private school in Redmond).
The award recognizes public and private schools that excel in the areas of environmental impact and energy efficiency, healthy school environments, and environmental and sustainability education.
“Science and environmental education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education that prepares them for the jobs of the future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can expand their coursework while also helping children build real world skill sets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments.”
Nationally, 78 schools from 29 states won Green Ribbon Schools Awards.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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