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Lexington-Richland School District Five elementary school receives environmental award

For Immediate Release – March 19, 2019



Lexington-Richland School District Five elementary school receives environmental award


IRMO – Dutch Fork Elementary Academy of Environmental Sciences was selected by PalmettoPride and Keep South Carolina Beautiful as the state’s Outstanding Environmental Performing School of 2018.


The award was created two years ago to celebrate schools for encompassing the practices and lifestyle according to the goals and mission of their local affiliate.  Dutch Fork Elementary was nominated for the award by Keep the Midlands Beautiful.


Jacqueline Buck, Executive Director for Keep the Midlands Beautiful said, “We nominated Dutch Fork Elementary Environmental Academy not only for the outstanding curriculum and dedication to sustainability in all their programs but because of the overwhelming support and unification we see from administration and teachers to foster an exceptional learning environment for students to be wonderful stewards of our earth.”


Dutch Fork Elementary Academy of Environmental Sciences offers a comprehensive program which includes inquiry-based, hands-on studies of the environment. The program immerses children in an environment that emphasizes discovery and exploration, collaborative study, scientific research, use of scientific tools and technology, and a strong sense of community. In addition, students have the opportunity to integrate and apply the environmental sciences in reading, math, social studies, writing, and the arts.


“Receiving this award is really a testament to the hard work of our people,” said Dutch Fork Elementary School principal Julius Scott.  “We develop students who love the world we live in and express critical thinking through natural curiosity and wonder.”


Dutch Fork Elementary is a certified Green Steps School with many sustaining projects that help the environment including: a school wide food waste to compost program, litter prevention projects, solar ovens, school wide recycling, and plants throughout the classrooms and hallways.


“The Outstanding Performance Awards from Keep South Carolina Beautiful strive to recognize schools, educators, volunteers, and board members who truly make a difference throughout South Carolina in terms of recycling, litter prevention and beautification,” said Mallory Coffey, Keep South Carolina Beautiful Director and Community Outreach Program Manager.  “We applaud the educators, administration, staff and students at Dutch Fork for their extraordinary efforts and look forward to working with them in the future.”