Area schools receive Green Schools grant funding from KDHE

Some Southeast Kansas schools are among the 27 schools awarded Green Schools grants from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Erie/Galesburg received $4,500 for recycling containers, a field trip and a waste audit project. Hoisington Middle School received $4,500 for recycling containers, a composting project, cloth shopping bags, and a theater production and community-wide National Recycling Day event. Baxter Springs High School received $3,000 for the purchase of a recycling trailer for school and community use.

“Thesegrants to schools not only have the direct benefits of conserving landfillspace, natural resources and energy, they teach students lessons that can bepracticed at home and for a lifetime,” says Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretaryand State Health Officer, in a news release issued by the KDHE.

The grands are funded by a $1 per ton state landfill fee.