Lake Anne ES Earns Third Eco-School Green Flag
Lake Anne Elementary has received its third Eco-School Green Flag, the highest honor given to schools working on environmental stewardship goals by the National Wildlife Federation. Lake Anne was registered as an Eco-School in 2012 and won two Silver Awards during its first two years in the program, then was awarded its first Green Flag in 2014. The school has made significant and measurable changes to impact the environmental sustainability in the school community since then. Since 2012, Lake Anne added a pollinator garden, a Monarch butterfly garden, a bird garden for all seasons, a mini meadow, a watershed garden for its dry pond, added solar panels to save energy, added raised beds to the courtyards, and started protecting bluebirds by adding a bluebirds nest box trail. The school also started a community edible garden to provide food for its families in the summer, established and grew a recycling program in the classroom and the cafeteria, participates in walk and roll to school once a month, and started a nature trail in the woods to facilitate nature observation. The school also certified its gardens with the National Wildlife Federation and the Monarch Watch program. In the words of principal Jill Stewart, “Our Eco-Schools program has grown to be the lens through which we look at how we learn about, support, and sustain our community. Being an Eco-School permeates our school through energy conservation, recycling, water conservation, eco education, our bird houses, and our sustainable garden. Our students are eco stewards every day.” Contact news liaison Sue Garrison at email@example.com.