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Forwood Elementary is a national Green Ribbon School

Forwood Elementary has been named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education! Forwood was honored for a number of environmental and energy-savings initiatives, including the development of a Next Generation Science Standards-aligned education program that allows students in all grades to plant, water, and harvest vegetables in raised-bed gardens. Cafeteria staff then serve salads made from the student-raised produce in the school cafeteria. Forwood’s cafeteria is undergoing changes as well. Fifth grade students who serve in Leader Corps completed an audit of the school’s trash consumption and identified the need to recycle more plastic water bottles and milk jugs. The school is also working to replace all styrofoam trays with recyclable ones. Forwood has also reduced its energy consumption and continues to educate students and staff about renewable forms of energy, and Leader Corps has developed a series of videos for students to share with their families about the need to promote practical energy solutions.