Green Schools asks Washougal students to create trophies

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Contributed photo courtesy Washougal School District A Washougal High School student works on a project during a metal arts class session earlier this year.

Clark County Green Schools, a Clark County Public Health program that works with local schools to improve their sustainability efforts, has commissioned Washougal students to create its “Green Team of the Year Award” trophies.

“This is an exciting opportunity for advanced metal and fine art woodworking students to showcase their work while supporting schools in Clark County who are champions in sustainability,” Margaret Rice, the Washougal School District’s director of career and technical education, said in a news release. “Anytime that we can provide an opportunity for students to apply classroom learning to real-life situations, that’s a win.”

The trophies, which will be made of at least 75% recycled materials, will be given out this spring to recognize “school sustainability champions” across the Clark County, according to a news release, and will be on display in the Washougal Youth Arts Month gallery at the Washougal Town Square from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17, and 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18.

This is the first year Clark County Green Schools has commissioned student artwork for the trophies, according to the news release.

“This year, we’re centering students in the trophy creation process,” said Samantha Springs LeCain, Clark County Green Schools’ environmental outreach specialist. “In previous years, Clark County Green Schools has commissioned adult artists to create trophies for the Green Awards. Observing the woodworking and metal shops at Washougal High School inspired us to get students involved in creating the trophies with recycled materials.”