Celebration

Northern and GMS on National Tour of Green Ribbon Schools

Senior United States Department of Education officials recently visited Northern Elementary School and Georgetown Middle School as part of a 10 school tour of Green Ribbon Schools in Kentucky and West Virginia.  Healthy Schools, High-Achieving Students is theme of this year’s tour, which focuses on school environmental health.  The is the second year of the Green Strides Best Practices Tour.

“Healthy, safe, and sustainable facilities combined with wellness practices like outdoor physical activity, nutritious food, and hands-on environmental learning form a strong foundation for a quality education,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. “U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools are leading the way in incorporating best practices.”

Georgetown Middle School was designated a Green Ribbon School in 2012, the first year for this distinguished honor.  Northern was named a Green Ribbon School in 2013.  

In June 2014, the energy conservation team at Northern received a National Youth Award for Energy Achievement from the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.  The student-led project helped reduce energy costs for the city of Sadieville.

Pictured below, Kentucky Representative Ryan Quarles was interviewed by the Northern Star News Team during the tour. Quarles represents Scott and Owen counties in the Kentucky legislature and is a former student of Northern Elementary.