WCAIS WINS 2018 ▶ GREEN RIB­BON AWARD

The News-Times (Sunday) - - News - — zach.mur­dock@hearst­medi­act.com

Lead­ers form the Western Con­necti­cut Academy for In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Ele­men­tary Mag­net School re­cently trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton D.C. to re­ceive its 2018 Green Rib- bon Award from the U.S. De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The Green Rib­bon des­ig­na­tion high­lights schools that teach ef­fec­tive sus­tain­abil­ity ed­u­ca­tion, im­prove health or re­duce their own en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and util­ity costs, ac­cord­ing to the de­part­ment.

WCAIS was one of 46 schools na­tion­wide — and the only from Con­necti­cut — to be cho­sen for the dis­tinc­tion.

“Spe­cial recog­ni­tion must be given to sec­ond grade teacher Ruth Dyer, who is the cat­a­lyst be­hind the drive for sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness at our school,” Prin­ci­pal Christo­pher Roche said. “With­out Mrs. Dyer’s lead­er­ship and the in­cred­i­ble hard work of our staff, stu­dents and par­ents, the vi­sion for an in­ter­na­tional, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly school where stu­dents learn to be glob­ally re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens could not have been achieved.”

Con­necti­cut Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sioner Dianna Wentzell nom­i­nated the school for its green cur­ricu­lum, in­clud­ing stu­dent-or­ga­nized school and home re­cy­cling ef­forts, food com­post­ing in the cafe­te­ria, com­mu­nity gar­den ac­tiv­i­ties and its in­volve­ment with Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots and John Far­rell’s Bridges of Peace and Hope.

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