School notes for July 29, 2014

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Local school honored for environmental stewardship

A statewide program that encourages student leadership and promotes environmental stewardship honored six Clark County schools, including one in Camas.

Grass Valley Elementary School was certified at Level 3 in school grounds. The Green Team worked to organize weeding parties to help keep areas free of invasive species. The group also planned a composting center for leaves, other vegetation and kitchen scraps.

Clark County is a founding partner and continuing financial supporter of Washington Green Schools, according to a press release from the Environmental Services department. More than 280 public and private schools statewide participate in the program, including 61 in Clark County.

Green Teams in participating schools evaluate the school’s operations and take improvement steps in these areas: Energy, healthy school buildings, transportation, waste and recycling, water and school grounds, and gardens. Green Teams can continue their work in each of the six areas and achieve higher levels of certification.

“Washington Green Schools provides the structure for students to create more efficient and healthier schools,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services director. “More importantly, it helps schools build the environmental leaders our community will need in the future.”

The six schools were honored in brief ceremonies at each one. Clark County Environmental Services participated in each presentation.

In addition to Grass Valley, other schools honored were Sacajawea Elementary, Gaiser Middle School, Peter S. Ogden Elementary, Chinook Elementary and the Washington State School for the Deaf.

Locals land on EWU dean’s list

Several area students have been named to the spring quarter dean’s list at Eastern Washington University.

To be named to the list, an undergraduate student must take 12 graded credits and earn a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Camas students include Roldan Alcobendas, Aynur Altom, Kyle Darland, Allyson Dunlap, Kristina Griffee, Trevor Jollie, Danika Jones, Allyson Lesesne, Lauren Livick, Stephanie Lunt, Alex Maszak, Alison Owens, Hali Ramirez, Marissa Saidy, Renee Valenter and Melissa Williams.

Washougal students include Aaron Deister, Hayley Murray, Trent Stauffer and Rachel Walters.