There are more than 500 “Eco-schools” around the country striving to be environmentally conscious and spawn a new generation of conservationists. But only three have received a “Green Flag” from the National Wildlife Federation, and last week Lanier Middle School in Fairfax City was one of them.
The Fairfax County Times reported that Lanier, on Jermantown Road just north of Route 50, was recognized for projects such as transforming a barren plot into a picturesque piece of land, encouraging fellow students to conserve energy and using less water. Principal Scott Poole told reporter Holly Hobbs that “one of the most exciting things about the project is it has brought adults and students together to work toward common goals. They’ve shared their experiences and knowledge and they’re all working on the same level. They’re digging in the dirt together.”
Lanier was one of 30 schools in the Fairfax County school district to participate in the eco-schools project. The other national winners were in Boston and Charleston, S.C.