The national non-profit organization that created Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards and certification for building construction is working to teach tomorrow’s leaders the importance of “greening” their schools, said Cheryl Vance, a former Sylacauga resident now working in Washington, D.C., with the organization.
Vance led planting activities this week at A.H. Watwood Elementary School in Childersburg and Indian Valley Elementary School in Sylacauga.
“The Green Apple Day of Service is an effort we started through our Center for Green Schools to focus on greening schools and making them healthy environments for children,” she said.
“We’re working to plant and beautify and teach the children why you would want to do that,” she said.
Earlier this week Vance worked with schools in North Alabama, and today she plans to work with a recycling drive at the University of Alabama as part of the program, which is reaching 1,800 schools in all 50 states and 49 countries. Fifteen programs are being held in Alabama this week.
The actual Green Apple Day of Service is today.
At elementary schools, “We like to do small projects the kids can tell their families about at home, and energize their families to do it, too,” she said.
Fourth-grade SGA officers at Watwood planted chrysanthemums in large planters at one of the school’s entrances.
More than 1,200 communities around the world participated in the event during its first outing last year.
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