Enviromental award earned by Horizon Middle School

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) -- A school wide effort to help save the planet has ended with Horizon Middle School being singled out for honors.

According to a press release from Kearney Public Schools, Horizon Middle School was named a Nebraska Green School by the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Department of Education.

Over 300 Horizon students, with the leadership of their Green Team Leader and Alternative Education Para Andrea Loya-Perez, completed five environmental assessments to determine if the school was a steward of Nebraska’s natural resources. The team also recommended steps that could further make Horizon environmentally friendly.

The special designation has been worked on the last six school years. An annual Green Science Fair has been their most popular initiative. During those times Green Team students mentor their peers in educational activities, like cutting back on waste, repurposing and reusing household materials, and how to conserve energy at school and home.

Hanna Pinneo, the Nebraska Forest Service’s Conservation Education Coordinator, will present the school with their award.