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High school recognized

Letcher County Central High School received a certificate at the second annual Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools (KGHS) Awards program held recently at the Frankfort Convention Center. The program encourages students to identify and initiate healthy and environmentally sound practices at their schools.

Ninety schools across Kentucky are participating in the voluntary program which started in 2007. Staff and students in the program conduct environmental and health inventories of their schools in nine areas: energy, indoor air quality, green spaces, hazardous chemicals, water, health and nutrition, transportation, solid waste, and instructional leadership (conducted by the faculty). Each inventory contains questions that are aligned to Kentucky’s core content at each grade level.

The plans can potentially save money and energy as well as improve the schools’ environment. Some of the school improvement projects this year include starting a recycling program, creating green space, evaluating indoor air quality, starting a nutrition and exercise newsletter, composting, evaluating energy use and organizing an educational environmental fair.

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