Beall Elementary School is one of six MCPS schools that won the Maryland Green Schools Award for 2018. Credit: VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Six public schools in Montgomery County have earned the Maryland Green Schools Award this year for their work increasing environmental awareness.

These elementary schools—Beall, Georgian Forest, Kensington Parkwood, Monocacy, Wayside and Weller Road—have made a concerted effort to encourage sustainable practices and weave lessons about the environment into their curriculum. The green schools also emphasize professional development and community engagement on environmental issues, according to a news release.

Eighty-seven public schools in Montgomery County participate in the state’s green schools program, which started in 1999. The program supports Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements and standards and is in keeping with the goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, the release stated.

The six schools will be recognized May 31 at Sandy Point State Park in an award celebration during the Maryland Green School Youth Summit.

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