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Crystal Springs praised for conservation efforts

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

BOTHELL – Crystal Springs Elementary was one of three schools recognized as a King County Level One Green School. The kudos were handed out to CSE from the King County Green Schools Program for its efforts to reduce waste and conserve energy.

“Crystal Springs students and staff have taken many green steps to earn the county’s recognition," said Northshore School District Communication Director Lisa Youngblood Hall. "They made recycle signs that were then posted in classrooms and hallways. “The school uses durable, reusable trays and utensils —the Silverware Superheroes, a group of first-grade students, reminds all students to set aside the durable utensils for washing and reuse."

“Green Tips” on conservation practices, such as how to pack a waste-free lunch, were shared daily with the school community during morning announcements. Students also created and shared a video with the school on how to sort waste and recyclable materials.

The PTSA, Youngblood Hall said, has also purchased durable water bottles for each student and unwanted books and whiteboards are used by other teachers or donated instead of disposed of.

Public and private K-12 schools and school districts in King County outside the city of Seattle are eligible to participate in the program. Fourteen school districts and more than 300 schools have participated in the program.

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