McCool selected for national award by Green Ribbon Schools
Green Ribbon Schools, a reward and recognition program for K-12th grade students, recognized Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School among 63 schools in 13 states and Guam for achieving the online community’s highest level of participation during the 2011-2012 school year.
The 2012-2013 program—open to all schools free of charge—features an enhanced website that helps teachers use nature, health and fitness, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities to enrich and extend students’ education. STEM skills teach kids about, and how to apply, science, technology, engineering and math.
The schools recognized for their 2011-2012 leadership published at least four projects around green building, recycling, conservation, the outdoors, health, nutrition and fitness. Name of school’s projects included:
Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary and Middle School in Guam learned about a local limestone forest and wetlands by meeting with a scientist, building observation areas and posting their findings in a school hallway dedicated to the project (Jean Tuquero and Elizabeth Atoigue, teachers). They also had a Media Blast of ways to be healthy using their in school closed circuit television news program (Cynthia Barcinas, teacher). The eighth-grade team completed a recycling program (Gina Gonzales, teacher) and students created healthy choice video games to share with other students (Debora Moore, teacher).
The updated website engages participants with user-rich features that include a:
- Community section where students, teachers and parents can share ideas, experiences and information
- Social design, for comments and the ability to “like” projects
- Easy publishing process to encourage students to post their projects
Green Ribbon Schools is challenging the 648 elementary, middle and high schools in its 40-state community to create a “Greenprint” for 2012-2013 and become success stories.
The national Green Ribbon Schools recognition and award program is a collaboration among organizations committed to helping children develop their full potential by connecting with the wonders of nature. Sponsors include the AMD Foundation, the Brown Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas and individual contributors. The program includes the Healthivores contest to promote healthier lifestyles.