3 county schools, system named National Green Ribbon Award winners
by Shane Dunaway
TALLADEGA COUNTY — The Board of Education announced Tuesday three of its schools were named 2013 National Green Ribbon Award winners.

Fayetteville High, Munford High and Munford Middle Schools made up a group of 66 schools from 29 states and the District of Columbia to be selected for the prestigious honor.

The Talladega County School District also earned National Green Ribbon status, joining 12 other districts across the U.S. selected as district winners.

The achievements mark the second consecutive year a county school has been recognized at the national level. Munford Elementary and Winterboro High Schools attained the honor in 2012.

The Green Ribbon program, established in 2011, grades schools based on three pillars — reducing environmental impacts and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.

Munford’s selected schools received the honor as one school due to sharing a collocated campus.

The two schools challenge their students with authentic learning experiences within the school’s greenhouse and fisheries, as well as offering aesthetic elements such as the walking path, outdoor classrooms, a reading pavilion and even a waterfall.

Some of the notable efforts from the schools include a “Teach Up” program to encourage parental involvement in the schools and a “Get Outdoors Day” held the second Saturday in May to encourage healthy, active, outdoor fun.

Fayetteville’s endeavors in environmental consciousness have manifested via six years of continued partnership with FarmLinks and the University of Auburn, organizations instrumental in aiding the school’s plans.

According to Fayetteville’s principal Byron Brasher, this strategic partnership led to the creation of the Fayetteville School Foundation.

Since its inception, the group has been responsible for raising more than $250,000 in monetary and in-kind services to develop planting areas, establish a native tree grove, install a children’s sensory garden, provide vegetable plots and local dairy products, and launch recycling programs.

“This is a great accomplishment for these schools and their focus on environmental education,” said Dr. Suzanne Lacey, the board’s superintendent.

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com

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