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Ohio School Recognized as National Green Ribbon School

Release date: 5/4/2017

An Ohio school is among 45 schools, nine districts and nine postsecondary institutions nationally honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways.

Lakewood Catholic Academy in Lakewood was honored today as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education for its comprehensive approach to being green in learning and operations.

“Healthy and engaged students come to school each day ready to learn more,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Lakewood Catholic Academy should be proud of its efforts to conserve our planet’s resources. Not only has the school reduced its ecological footprint, it has done it in a way that gets students excited to learn more and become healthier.”

Lakewood Catholic Academy is taking several actions to conserve the Earth’s resources. The school began a recycling program and was the first in the city to participate in the curbside recycling program. Students are committed to reducing waste and they host waste-free lunch days in the dining hall.

The school partners with the Cleveland Metroparks to help students learn about monarch butterfly migration, monarch waystations and native plants that are butterfly food sources. Cleveland Metroparks even awarded the school a grant to build a monarch waystation onsite.

Lakewood Catholic Academy takes several steps to ensure its students develop healthy habits. The school no longer fries any food and all food is made from scratch every day. The school contracts with Lago Dining Services to provide daily a fresh salad bar and fruit bar. Elementary students also engage in physical education and outdoor time for six and a half hours per week.

Forty-four percent of the 2017 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges and universities, as well as a report with highlights on the 63 honorees, can be found by clicking here.