Green efforts bring top honors to Travis Elementary in San Marcos

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American-Statesman – By Wesley Gardner – Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Last year’s third-graders at Travis Elementary School took on the difficult job of rounding up everyone’s recycling on campus, going from classroom to classroom educating their peers about the different waste bins for trash and recycling and where certain materials belong.

Logan Rounds, now a fourth-grader at Travis Elementary, put the message a little more simply.

“Don’t litter; throw away your trash; and always recycle,” said Rounds, who was part of the pick-up crew that scoured the elementary’s hallways and classrooms for trash last year. “We all have to help each other to take care of the community.”

Such efforts made the school a little nicer — and brought it some national recognition.

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Green Ribbon Schools Award Recipients

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2012-2013 was an outstanding school year for the Cyberways and Waterways’ programs Green Ribbon Schools and Healthivores.  The staff, parents and students went above and beyond last year by sharing their programs by using not only words, but also photos and videos.  You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!

This year we are awarding 41 schools, in 10 states and Guam, Green Ribbon Schools Award status! A few of our favorite projects include:

  • Rainbow Mountain Children’s School in Asheville, NC, created a stunning playground made entirely from recycled wood, that mimics a village in the woods. (Cyndi Calhoun, teacher)
  • Highland Park Elementary in Austin, TX, collected jack-o-lantern pumpkins to compost from the Austin community after the Halloween holiday. (Alyssa Absher, teacher)
  • Oppe Elementary in Galveston, TX, traveled to Austin in March, testified before the House of Representatives, and go a bill unanimously passed to make the Kemp Ridley sea turtle the official sea turtle of Texas.  Endorsed by local Rep. Craig Eiland, the students learned about nature and how a bill was passed. (Kathryn Pistone, teacher)
  • Schuylerville School District in Schuylerville, NY, hosted an electronics recycling drive to keep harmful electronics out of landfills.  They collected 25,500 lbs of electronics in four hours. (Deborah McGloine, teacher)
  • Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne, FL, organized a Trash Bash for students, teachers and the community to come together and pick up trash within a mile radius of the school campus.  (Mary Connors, teacher)

Here is a full list of all 41 schools who earned an award this year:

  • Arthur Kramer Elementary
  • Ascension Catholic School
  • Brown Street Academy
  • Camino Real Elementary School
  • Carpenter Hill Elementary
  • CDR William C. McCool
  • Chandler Oaks Elementary
  • Eisenhower High School
  • Ennis Junior High
  • Feagin Mill Middle School
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • James E Williams Elementary
  • Live Oak Academy
  • Magellan International School
  • Meiner Oaks Elementary
  • Negley Elementary
  • Northstar School
  • Oppe Elementary
  • Park Glen Elementary
  • Pathways Community School
  • Pine View School
  • RC Barton Middle School
  • Rainbow Mtn Children’s School
  • Red Oak High School
  • Rosalio Tobias International School
  • Saratoga Independent School
  • Schuylerville Central School District
  • Simon Middle School
  • Southwest Middle School
  • St Helen Catholic School
  • St Paul Inter Parochial School
  • Susie Fuentes Elementary
  • Temple EmanuEl
  • The Green Magnet School for Career Exploration
  • Thurston Woods Elementary
  • Travis Elementary
  • Wallace Middle School
  • Wilkinson Elementary School
  • Willis Lane Elementary
  • Wyatt Elementary
  • Zelma Hutsell Elementary

Cyberways and Waterways is thankful to our sponsors including HEB, Rackspace, AMD Foundation, the Brown Foundation, Google, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas for their endless support of our programs.

For information on how to earn an award for the 2013-2014 school year, visit the How To Earn An Award page on the Green Ribbon Schools website.

Some great ways to earn a 2013-2014 Green Ribbon Schools Award for your school is to participate in the Million Mile Month Challenge during the month of April, Healthivore Video Game Contest with a deadline to submit games of March 31, and the Green Print Challenge

Million Mile Month

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Cyberways and Waterways is excited to announce information on our newest program, Million Mile Month.


Prizes: To pump up the fun factor, we will award prizes as the community reaches MILEstones.

Who Can Participate: MMM isn’t just for the athletes of the world, MMM is for EVERYONE. We want you to get outside and have fun getting active with friends, family, pets and neighbors. Register now to participate!

Fundraise to Fight Childhood Obesity and other Deadly Childhood Diseases: MMM has a platform that allows you to create a personal fundraising page to raise money for some awesome causes that are fighting childhood obesity and other deadly childhood disease.  To start your fundraiser today go here.  Help us meet our 1,000,000 miles goal and our $1,000,000 fundraising goal!

You can find out all of the most up to date details at, or on the Million Mile Month Facebook and Twitter page.

We are currently looking for sponsors and donated prizes.  To donate a prize or to sponsor email us!

2013 Healthivores Winners

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Wow, what a year! A great BIG thank you for everyone who participated in year two of the Healthivores Video Game competition. With 335 video game submissions from over 65 schools, the competition was tough this year. After weeks of scouring over game pages, and playing level after level of video games, our judges have made the decision on who reigns as the winners for each age category.  Each of these team members, along with their teacher and their school, will be receiving a brand new laptop compliments of our Healthivores sponsor, AMD Foundation.

Elementary WinnerLook Before You Eat! by Kyla, Reese, and Madyson Ft Sam Houston Elementary in

San Antonio, Texas

Middle School Winner

Fat and You by Ju Han and Cameron

Summit Christian Academy in

Cedar Park, Texas

High School Winner

Prosthetica by Abhilash Bajracharya and Joson Montgomery

North Hills Preparatory in

Irving, Texas

To see a full list of honoroable mentions, and other games submitted to this year’s contest, visit the 2013 winner page.

Mark your calendars! The 2013/2014 Healthivores Contest will be launching in October of 2014. The latest details on the contest can be found year round on the Healthivores page.

How To: Inserting an Image or Video into a Results Page

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As you may know, the requirements to earn a Green Ribbon Schools Award for the 2012-2013 school year were updated at the beginning of this school year.  To see a full list of requirements you can visit this page.

Today we are going to touch on one of the updates to the requirement list, which is the need to include a minimum of one image or video in your results page.  Below is a step by step guide on how to upload and insert images and videos.


When you first “start a new project” you will have the option of using a default thumbnail image or uploading your own image.  We would love for you to upload your own thumbnail image, which gives a good snapshot of your project, although, that image does not fulfill the “image or video” requirement for your GRS award.

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