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Going green pays off for BRE

The BRE Green Team recently received a partial grant from DCSD for its environmental efforts. The money will be used to purchase new automatic water sensors for all of BRE’s faucets.


By Kathy Fallert; photo courtesy of Corin Meibos

The Buffalo Ridge Elementary (BRE) Green Team was one of a small group of finalists to receive a Project Based Learning (PBL) grant from Douglas County School District, presented on Friday, September 29, by means of a tele/video conference to DCSD’s Office of Sustainability.

The Green Team consisted of students from grades three through five and was led by school librarian Jody Robinson and learning specialist Jennifer Romero. The team’s focus was on environmental issues such as recycling, pollution, and energy conservation. The team was recently awarded a rebate on the school’s utilities for being one of the top school teams to save money on utilities last year with only a few months of effort.

The Green Team celebrated with a party on Friday, October 20, after finding out they received a partial grant from DCSD which will pay for new automatic water sensors at all of BRE’s faucets. The Green Team had identified the faucets as a source of water waste since many of them were leaking. Robinson remarked, “I was really nervous for the video presentation [with DCSD]. This was a live feed, and I wasn’t sure how the kids would do. We first presented a video in which each of the 21 members spoke, and then students took turns answering questions. They were all such little professionals! I was so proud of them!”

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