Two south Charlotte elementary schools were recently named state finalists in the 2012 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge in addition to the Providence Day upper school team that was featured in last week’s South Charlotte Weekly.
The competition is a kindergarten through 12th grade sustainability challenge. In elementary schools, teachers and their classes work together to create solutions to environmental concerns in their classrooms and schools.
At Polo Ridge Elementary, LaNay Williams and her students collected food scraps from the cafeteria and began a composting program, which now provides compost for the school’s garden.
Selwyn Elementary School teacher Jody Council and her students began their project by collecting tumbled glass and created a cement garden step and explorer kits which they sold at Charlotte’s Clear and Green Festival.
As finalists, both Polo Ridge and Selwyn elementary schools will receive a banner for their school, a pocket video camera and more.
Top three winners in the challenge will receive a $5,000, $3,000 or $2,000 grant, a Discovery Education assembly for their school and much more.