Four GCS Schools Win NEED Energy Conservation Awards

Shadybrook Elementary, Northern Middle
and Southern High take first in state awards

"Each year, the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project honors school-based efforts to promote an energy-conscious and energy-educated society through its Youth Awards program. This year, Guilford County Schools made a clean sweep of the state in the 2014 NEED Youth Awards for energy conservation, winning the elementary, junior and senior categories for North Carolina.

Shadybrook Elementary, which was named the North Carolina Elementary School of the Year, also was named a finalist for the National Elementary Rookie School of the Year. Northern Middle was named the North Carolina Junior School of the Year, and Southern High was named the North Carolina Senior School of the Year.

Three other GCS schools were recognized for their efforts. Northern High was a finalist for North Carolina Senior School of the Year.  Colfax Elementary and Lindley Elementary each received participation awards.

NEED winners will be invited to the NEED Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement, happening June 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

GCS recognized these schools during its annual Energy WISE awards banquet on May 2. Shadybrook Elementary, Colfax Elementary, Lindley Elementary, Northern Middle and Southern High each were named Gold Award winners and received $1,000. Northern High was named a Silver Award winner and received $750.

Shadybrook Elementary and Southern High also received special awards through Energy WISE. Southern High was honored as having the Best Cross-Curricular Program, and Shadybrook Elementary received an award for Best Comprehensive Program. Each school won an additional $1,000 in the special awards category.

GCS’ Energy WISE program uses student-led teams to reduce energy waste and educate students and community members about the importance of conservation. GCS schools have also consistently won national and state NEED awards since 2011, when the Energy WISE program began."

A Press Release

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