FCPS Students’ Sustainability Efforts Recognized at 2019 Student Environmental Action Showcase

News Release
April 29, 2019

students learning about the environmentStudents from three Fairfax County public schools were honored for their innovative environmental solutions at the eighth annual Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) at George Mason University’s (GMU) Center for the Arts.  Four hundred FCPS students from 29 schools were among the 700 students who attended this year’s SEAS event.


Students shared the environmental stewardship initiatives they are leading in their schools and communities; displayed their environmental photos in the SEAS photo contest; presented their ideas for watershed improvement in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition; experimented with computer engineering to collect environmental data; collaborated with elected officials in developing environmental policy ideas; and engaged in hands-on STEAM activities hosted by nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses.


Lanier students with projectStudents from Carson, Frost, and Lanier Middle Schools presented their watershed improvement plans in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition. Lanier students won first place and $1,000 in the competition for their project on revitalizing their school bioretention cell. Carson students won the third place award of $800 for their rain garden project, and Frost students won the fifth place award of $600 for their alternative to rock salt project.


In the photo contest, students from Providence Elementary won the Most Hilarious Photo award for their “Plant a Kid” photo. Elissa Thomas of Haycock Elementary won the Most Creative Photo award for her “Trash Art” photo.


The Fairfax County Federation of Teachers awarded their Dynamic Young Visionary Award to two projects: Braddock Elementary for their Bioretention Area Project, and Oakton High School student Sitara Sastry for her drinking water quality investigation.


SEAS is hosted by NoVA Outside in partnership with GMU’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center.  This unique event provides an opportunity for students to collaborate and learn from each other and from environmental professionals as they develop into ethical and global citizens.


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For more information, contact the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.