NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: FEBRUARY 19, 2016


Sandy Grove Middle (Hoke County Schools) and Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary (Wake County Schools) were recently nominated to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award Program. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division nominated the two schools because of their exemplary efforts to provide a healthy learning environment and a strong environmental education program.

State Superintendent June Atkinson congratulated staff at both schools and wished them well in the national competition. “It’s easy to talk about environmental responsibility but it’s another thing to practice it. These schools are doing just that by providing green learning environments while teaching students how to minimize their ecological footprints.”

The U.S. Department of Education created the Green Ribbon Schools Award program in 2011 to honor schools that:

  • reduce environmental impact and costs;
  • improve the health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and
  • provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

The Green Ribbon Schools Award is the first comprehensive federal policy for schools related to environment, health and education. It describes a thoughtful vision for the nation’s schools, sets a high bar for success, and raises the profile of individual green schools and the states that support them.

National award recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July. Additional information on the Green Ribbon Schools Award program is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s website.