With the distinction of being the first official "green school" in Washington County, Western Heights Middle School is working hard to keep that designation.
Seventh-grade science teacher Amy Hilliard said the school applied for and earned "green school" status in 2006.
It must reapply every three years, demonstrating efforts in three categories to be a Maryland Green School - integrated environmental education; environmental best management practices modeled in the operation, design and maintenance of the school building and grounds; and the school and/or students extend their learning into the community, according to MAEOE.org.
Earth Day takes on greater significance for this "green school" since it has already made a commitment to the environment.
This year, all of the approximately 200 seventh-graders took part in three Earth Day activities on Tuesday, April 22 - planting 50 oak and 50 pine trees on school property, painting 30 storm drains with "Don't Dump - Chesapeake Bay Drainage" and creating posters to be displayed in the community.