GALVESTON — Green Ribbon Schools, a reward and recognition program for K-12 students, recently recognized Oppe Elementary Campus of Coastal Studies among 63 schools in 13 states and Guam for achieving the online community’s highest level of participation during the 2011-12 school year.

Oppe was recognized for their 2011-12 leadership projects around green building, recycling, conservation, the outdoors, health, nutrition and fitness. The name of the school’s projects included:

Project 1 – Students from Oppe formed a group called the Green Team under the supervision of science specialist Kathryn Pistone. The Green Team’s main goal was to start a recycling program at school. The students collected recycle bins containing paper from each classroom and partnered with the Eco-Center for pickup.

Project 2 – Oppe Elementary hosted a beach cleanup in the spring and more than 130 people were in attendance. Oppe became an official beach guardian granted by the Texas General Land Office and adopted one mile of Texas coast.

The mile stretches between 45th and 61st streets in Galveston, a popular spot for island tourists.

The goal was to inform the community about the importance of taking care of our beaches so oceans stay clean and safe.

Project 3 – The Green Team also hosted a fundraiser to install motion sensors in the hallways at school to conserve electricity. The funds from this project were matched by Oppe’s Parent-Teacher Organization. Motion sensors were installed in all of the hallways. A special thank you went to Paul Byers at the district’s administration building for overseeing this project.

Project 4 – Third- and fourth-grade students at Oppe participated in the Junior Master Gardeners program. Two community garden parties were held so that the students and their families could help maintain Greta’s Garden, the school’s outdoor classroom.

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