For the third year running, Walsingham Academy's Lower School has been recognized as a Virginia Naturally school.
Virginia Naturally recognizes the efforts of schools "to increase the environmental awareness and stewardship of our youngest citizens." The award is given by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with support from the Department of Education, Department of Environmental Quality and other resource agencies.
Less than 70 schools in the state have received this recognition, and Walsingham is one of only five independent schools. In fact, Walsingham is the only school in Williamsburg to receive this honor!
The Lower School was recognized this year because of its involvement in various activities, including:
- The third grade Green Team and school-wide commitment to recycling
- The installation of our greenhouse, which is available to all grades for hands-on activities
- Science investigations around campus and at field trips to Watermen's Hall and VIMS
- Our community outreach projects -- especially when middle school students planted and distributed more than 500 milkweed plants to the community last spring
- Last year's acorn project when junior kindergarten partnered with the seventh grade to identify and sort more than 13 pounds of acorns for the Virginia Forestry Department's "Save Our Oak Trees" campaign
This year's award is a pennant featuring our state flower from our state tree -- the dogwood. It will hang next to last year's pennant that featured our state bird, the cardinal.