The Walsingham Academy Lower School was presented with its first Virginia Naturally banner Wednesday at a morning assembly with Lower School Director Jenafer Naswadi; Science Coordinator Kim Ward; and seventh graders Bryce McHose, Natalia Hanks and Anastasia Torchik.
Virginia Naturally recognizes schools "for their efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship." The award is given by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries with support from the Department of Education.In order to qualify for the award, Walsingham had to demonstrate how the school improves the environment, strives to learn more about the planet and maintains an active school recycling program.
Only 67 schools have been recognized as Virginia Naturally schools and Walsingham Academy is the only school in Williamsburg with this distinction.
The banner featured our state bird, the cardinal. If Walsingham qualifies for next year's award, we will earn another banner featuring a different state symbol.