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Little Orcas of South Whidbey Elementary School lead “green” assembly

From left, Ian O’Brien, Ravi Neumeyer, Naomi Atwood, Adeline McCleary, Dylan McRea, Zane Oldenstadt, Emma Callahan and Simone White hoist the flag that was given to South Whidbey Elementary School for reducing its waste weight.   - Ben Watanabe / The Record
From left, Ian O’Brien, Ravi Neumeyer, Naomi Atwood, Adeline McCleary, Dylan McRea, Zane Oldenstadt, Emma Callahan and Simone White hoist the flag that was given to South Whidbey Elementary School for reducing its waste weight.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

The students in Susan Milan’s kindergarten/first grade class proudly present the Washington Green Schools flag. The students are responsible for helping students sort food waste during lunch to reduce how much goes into the garbage. Instead, the food is fed to local chickens and horses.

Several classes have students assigned to the Green Team, which also reduces paper by recycling and ensuring both sides of the paper are used.

The Green School designation was given to South Whidbey Elementary School during a student-led assembly on May 3. Students from first to fifth grade emceed the assembly and reminded students about the school-wide initiative, “The Leader in Me,” based on the book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Classes sang songs, played bongo drums, and were treated to a skit about listening first to understand.

Betsy Hofius, a second grade teacher at the school, played the guitar and sang with first and second grade students during the assembly. Students also watched a video that illustrated the importance of the other three R’s (besides reading, writing and arithmetic): Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

South Whidbey Elementary School has had student leaders emcee its assemblies this year.

Below, emcees Michael Maddux, Lucy Nowlin, Sam Baeslar, Emma Callahan, Maddy Racicot and Sawyer Mauk read their scripts during the recent elementary school assembly.

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