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Boyd County schools recognized nationally

May. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Two schools in Boyd County, Ky., were recently named winners in the 2013 National Siemens program.

Charles Russell Elementary won the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. This national competition designed to encourage students to tackle environmental issues in their own communities and across the globe, pitted its students against participants from all across the country. Team CRS STLP and its mentor, Cynd Elkinswon, won second place in the elementary, third through fifth grade division. The group developed a plan to replace school paper. CRS STLP was chosen for their project on researching and developing a plan to develop a district-wide paper recycling plan. The plan began in 2011 and has continued this year.

Elementary school students were tasked with identifying an environmental issue in their classroom or school community and create a replicable green solution under the guidance of a teacher or mentor using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education.

"These students are tackling the important environmental issues that we are all facing and have created a viable solution that can help affect real change," said Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation.

The school will receive a $2,500 grant to help with green initiatives, a banner and a one-year membership

As the Second Place winners in the elementary school third-fifth grade division, CRS STLP has won a a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge green prize pack, and Charles Russell Elementary School will receive a $2,500 school grant to be used to further "green" initiatives, a banner for the school, and a one-year membership to National Science Teachers Association.

A team from Verity Middle School was named a finalist in the competition for their project on changing attitudes about recycling and implementing a community-based recycling challenge.

"These students are the new environmental guardians for our planet and will help advance policy and technological improvements that will help protect the world around us," said Harper-Taylor.

Each member of the team will receive a finalist certificate and a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge green prize pack. George M. Verity Middle School will also receive a congratulatory Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge banner.

For more information on the Challenge, the state finalists and their projects, visit www.wecanchange.com.