Grand View Elementary
Each day, Grand View students begin with an eight-minute exercise routine. Students sell the organic produce they grow, and parents receive nutrition guidance. On Walk to School Wednesdays, students are rewarded with hand stamps, and a trophy goes to the glass with the most walkers. Last year, the school spearheaded a Walk to School Parade on Earth Day for all schools in the area, with the mayor, police, and firefighters joining students on their trek. The school worked with its district to have each school name a green representative for a monthly district-wide convening on sustainability mattes. The school uses iPads and SMART Boards, as well as chalkboards instead of paper posters. The school celebrates Trash Free Tuesdays, has both garden composting and worm bins, and has reduced lunch trash from 30 bags a day to two bags, while serving over 700 students. Students' science scores have improved from 33 to 997 percent proficiency.