Hominy Valley Elementary School, Asheville, NC

Hominy Valley 2nd graders singing a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” with upcycled instruments

CANDLER - Hominy Valley Elementary School in Candler recently received a N.C. Green School of Quality Award from the N.C. Green Schools Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability in the state’s schools from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, the program helps teachers connect and share ideas, offers resources and tools to help them start green initiatives and recognizes schools that meet specified goals, according to a news release.

The N.C. Green School of Quality Award is given to schools that are taking active strides in improving and maintaining sustainable practices and implementing a robust environmental education curriculum.

Angie Jackson, Hominy Valley Elementary principal, noted that, while it was an honor to have earned the NC Green School of Quality certification, that was not the school’s primary goal.

“Our motivation actually centered on simply transforming our school into a more environmentally friendly space,” she said in the release. “By remaining faithful to this goal, our faculty and staff led by example and were able to successfully show our students that small, meaningful steps can —  and do — make a big difference.”

N.C. Green Schools Coordinator Katie Cavert Ferrell lauded Hominy Valley for its efforts. “Especially impressive are the solid waste initiatives and the integration of nature in the arts curriculum,” she said. “Also noteworthy are the students’ field studies on and off campus, the healthy school lunches and practices and the school’s plethora of community partnerships (including Asheville Greenworks).”

Other recognized N.C. Green Schools in Buncombe and Asheville include Fairview Elementary, Koontz Intermediate School, Owen Middle School and Cane Creek Middle School in Buncombe and Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville, Carolina Day School and Rainbow Community School.

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