Many schools here in the New Orleans area were devastated by Hurricane Katrina either by destroying the actual buildings or depleting the student base. Our City is faced with unique challenges and a wonderful opportunity to create a brand new school system from the ground up.
On April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day. A day to promote awareness and appreciation for the environment, it is a good opportunity to evaluate how you or your school could become more “green.” As New Orleans is continually being rebuilt, there is a definite push for new structures, homes and schools to be built “green.”
In partnership with Global Green USA, Pureology (a line of natural-based products for colour-treated hair from Loreal) is presenting the chance to win a Green School Makeover. The program will help your school implement practices such as recycling, healthy organic or local food in the cafeteria and using energy efficient lightbulbs. Did you know that when kids learn in healthy classrooms (environments that promote learning), test scores can improve up to 25%? When looking through the possible improvements, I saw a biology pond….totally up my alley! The pond is created by collecting rainwater from rooftops which provides an opportunity for the students to study biology. I would have loved a biology pond at my school!
Think about nominating your school! What programs would you want to implement to make your school more green?” Get your Principal’s permission and follow all of the guidelines here. The winning school will receive a complete green makeover, while four runner up schools will receive a $2500 prize for school improvements.
How do you promote green living in your life?