Science Hill wins PRIDE award for March MadnessMay 17, 2012 by clackey
Science Hill Independent School won the PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month Award for its “March Madness” project.
Students in grades 5-8 were challenged to produce something relating to conservation, recycling, reducing and reusing. The 128 students showcased their productions at a school assembly. Robbie Gossett, the Science Hill Wastewater Manager, then gave the students information about how water is treated and monitored.
“The students invented items out of recycled materials, wrote poems about recycling, sang songs with lyrics about conversation and drew pictures of ways to recycle,” said Hannah Young, who nominated the project for the PRIDE award.
Young spearheaded the project in her role as sponsor of the school’s PRIDE Club, which explores environmental issues and performs community service. The club is funded in part by $1,500 awarded to the school by PRIDE for environmental education activities this year.
Young recognized Robbie Gossett, Sandi Dick and the City of Science Hill for helping make the March Madness project possible
“We commend Ms. Young and her colleagues at Science Hill for this fun, memorable project that excited students about caring for our environment,” said PRIDE’s Jennifer Johnson, who presented the award at Science Hill today.
“Students learned about environmental topics, such as recycling, and then had the freedom to creatively express what they had learned through hands-on activities,” Johnson said. “They had to really think about what these issues meant to them personally so they could craft their product. That’s the kind of lesson that lasts a lifetime.”
The PRIDE Environmental Education Project of the Month program rewards creative, effective ways of promoting environmental awareness and stewardship.
“We give awards to thank people and to showcase the great things going on in our region, so please contact us if you want to nominate a person, school, business or organization that is helping our environment or inspiring others to care for nature,” Johnson said. “Our number is 677-6150, or you can contact us through our web site.”