Vancouver Public Schools' Felida Elementary achieved something few have. They are one of only 12 schools in the state to certify in all six categories with Washington Green Schools. That feat achieved platinum status for Felida Elementary and means they certified in Waste and Recycling, Water, School Grounds and Gardens, Energy, Transportation and Healthy School Buildings.
In their most recent certification in Healthy School Buildings, they educated their peers on the benefits of handwashing and staying healthy by eating enough fruits and vegetables.
To learn more about the certification process, check out Washington Green Schools certification steps.
It is important for people to know that there are other living things in the ecosystem and what ever humans do can impact the way they live tooMia Russell, 5th grade
We sat down with Meagan Graves, Green Team leader at Felida Elementary to hear her thoughts on their journey to certification.
Clark County Green Schools: What motivated you to certify as a Washington Green School?
Meagan Graves: To help students feel empowered. We want students to know how they can make a positive impact on their environment and community.
We also spoke with Felida principal Kris Jenati. She had big things to say about Meagan's role in their environmental success. "Meagan is such a natural leader. She walks her talk, modeling a true appreciation for our environment, and an ability to encourage and influence changes in our practices. She has invested a significant amount of her own time into this work. Our students and staff have benefitted from her leadership."
Humans affect how the environment works.Anne Morgan, 5th grade
(Clark County schools in bold)Sustaining Platinum: