Gwin Elementary School has been selected as one of four schools in the state of Alabama to be named a Green Ribbon School. Gwin was awarded this title by the Alabama State Department of Education for promoting heath, impacting the environment and ensuring high-quality environmental and outdoor education.
In May, Gwin Elementary was honored and awarded a Green Ribbon Flag to fly to designate the school as a Green Ribbon School.
The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) launched the Green Ribbon Schools Program in 2011, and in April the USDE announced the national winners from the pool of state winners and nominees.
Traci Ingleright, enrichment teacher at Gwin, and her young team of environmentalists, the Eco Brains, began the quest to achieve this honor and gained support from faculty and staff at the school and district as well as from environmental agencies around the state.
This award honors the entire Gwin community for its everyday action: walking on the school nature trail, collecting pop-tabs, teaching the WAY program, understanding and promoting the flag program, planting gardens, promoting healthy eating and teaching hands-on science lessons.