Green School Information

Bethune is proud to announce it has been designated as a Green School of Quality for the 2010-11 school year!

The Green Schools Recognition Program (GSRP) encourages cultures of sustainability within school communities. This program recognizes schools for taking a holistic approach to going green that incorporates school ground enhancement, resource conservation, curriculum connections, and community involvement with a school wide commitment and focus on sustainability. The GSRP is an initiative of the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in collaboration with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Environment Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation.

This is the first year Bethune applied for Green School recognition. The school received the Green School of Quality Award. This means Bethune students and staff are taking active strides in improving and maintaining sustainable practices. Bethune Elementary was recognized at a special luncheon on May 4th where we received a 2011 Green School framed certificate, a 2011 Green School banner, and Green School logos and decals for our school. Additionally, our school will be featured on the Green Schools website. A special award from FPL gave Bethune $500 in green seed money to plan and develop new initiatives in the 2011-12 school year. 

Bethune's Green Schools program is designed to help make students aware of how to take better care of our earth and to take action.

One student in each 3-5 classroom was selected to serve as a Green Ambassador. These students met once or twice a month. They made posters for classrooms, such as turn off the lights, recycle paper, etc., and helped their fellow classmates become more knowledgeable of what it means to "be green." They also took part in picking up trash along Avenue U and performed in the spring Earth Day musical "It's Easy Being Green." 

Currently the school recycles paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, milk cartons, ink/toner cartridges, old cell phones, shoes, batteries, and old VHS tapes. Parents and community members are invited to help Bethune in these efforts. Old shoes can be deposited in the Shoes for the Cure bin outside the main entrance to the school. Old cell phones and used ink/toner cartridges can be brought to the main office.

Two "No Idle Zone" signs were installed in the parent pick-up area to encourage parents to turn off their car engines as they wait for their children to be dismissed. Each student also received a flyer to take home describing the health and environmental benefits of no idling.

Several grant opportunities are being pursued to enhance our school grounds with flowers and plants. In the meantime, anyone wishing to volunteer money, plants or their time is encouraged to contact Mrs. Case who heads our Green School effort. Her number is 882-7613.

Bethune is taking important steps to give students first hand experience in understanding their environment and the consequences of misusing our natural resources. We hope to make even bigger strides next year and in the years to come.

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