H.L. Johnson Gets Green Excellence Award

H.L. Johnson Elementary School recently earned another Green School of Excellence award. For the three years that H.L. Johnson has applied for this recognition, this was their second year with an Excellence achievement. Their first year applying, they earned the Quality award. There three categories: Promise, Quality and Excellence.

To keep up with the recognition, the school is ending the year with several events.

In celebration of the award and to honor Earth Day/Arbor Day, a seedling giveaway was held where students who wanted to bring home a seedling brought in toilet paper rolls. Students chose their seedling and planted them in these rolls, which can be planted directly in the ground or in a larger pot. A tree planting and dedication was also held where an orange feiger tree was planted to create shade near the outdoor picnic tables.

Students at H.L. Johnson also hosted a Great American Cleanup event, sponsored by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, by cleaning the H.L. Johnson Park, which is located behind the school. They collected 7 pounds of trash and 3 pounds of recycling materials.

During Teacher Appreciation Week, the school’s PTO treated teachers to a healthy lunch of roasted chicken and vegetables, and participating teachers were treated to a complimentary back massage.

Plans are already in the works for next school year’s “greening” projects.

Each classroom will be outfitted with a blue co-mingled recycling bin, and a new program of upcycling chip bags and snack bags will begin next year.

ABOVE: H.L. Johnson students and parents help clean up the park behind the school.