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Who are the Snoqualmie Valley's Earth Heroes at School? You decide, as nominations begin

Last year, Mike Nelson and Rick Bouloumpus, custodians at Stillwater Elementary School in Carnation, were named Earth Heroes at School.

Nelsom and Bouloumpus saved their school thousands of dollars by repurposing and reusing furniture, equipment and materials that would otherwise have been discarded. The money saved has benefited the school’s Science Docent Program.

Who will be the Valley's Earth Heroes at School this year? You can decide.

King County wants to honor the very best students, teachers, staff, school volunteers, programs and even entire schools that are contributing to student environmental education and environmental protection, through the County’s Earth Heroes at School awards program.

Nominations for the 2013 Earth Heroes at School are due Feb. 23. Winners will be honored at an event featuring King County Executive Dow Constantine on April 25, during the County’s annual Earth Week celebration.

Recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens are among the many types of award-winning projects carried out by students, teachers and staff in King County schools.

By acknowledging environmental leaders in the school community through the Earth Heroes at School Program, King County hopes to inspire others to adopt similar actions to protect the environment.

Earth Heroes can be nominated by colleagues, classmates and the general public. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Nomination forms are available at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/education/earth-heroes.asp, or by calling Donna Miscolta, 206-296-4477.

The program is offered through the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division.

 

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