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Conococheague Elementary to be honored for green school effort

May 14, 2009

Conococheague Elementary School will be recognized as a Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Certified Maryland Green School June 1 at Carroll County Community College. The school is one of 70 in the state receiving this honor, which challenges schools to focus on the environment in everyday operations. During the ceremony, Conococheague Elementary will be presented with a Maryland Green School flag.

Conococheague Elementary joins Williamsport Elementary, Western Heights Middle and Claud Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview as Maryland Green Schools in Washington County.

"It has been our goal to have children actively involved on a daily basis through conservation programs, recycling efforts and the care and expansion of the native habitat surrounding our school," said Ryan Hench, principal. "The support of the school community, along with our staff who have dedicated themselves to real world applications of science and nature education, have made this possible."

According to the association, Maryland Green Schools have continually outperformed non-Maryland Green Schools in math and reading.

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The organization strongly believes that students in Maryland Green Schools are more prepared to become environment stewards as adults and will be well-equipped for 21st century 'green' jobs.

MAEOE added that projects implemented within Maryland Green School buildings and on the school grounds contribute to lowering green house gas emissions, reducing pollutant export to the Chesapeake Bay, staunching solid waste disposal, and increasing wildlife habitat.

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