Eleven Walled Lake Consolidated School District schools were among 173 Oakland County schools recognized Wednesday for earning the Michigan Green School designation.
Representatives from the schools gathered Wednesday morning at Oakland Schools in Waterford to receive an official Michigan Green School flag and a certificate signed by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie L. Markavitch.
Schools must complete at least 10 of 20 "green" activities to earn the designation. Activities range from paper recycling to garden projects to the use of renewable energy. Schools that complete more than 10 activities may be eligible for "Emerald" or "Evergreen" status.
Walled Lake buildings recognized were:
- Clifford H. Smart Middle School – Emerald
- Commerce Elementary – Evergreen
- Hickory Woods – Emerald
- Keith Elementary – Evergreen
- Mary Helen Guest Elementary – Evergreen
- Meadowbrook Elementary – Green
- Oakley Park Elementary – Green
- Sarah Banks Middle School – Emerald
- Walled Lake Central High School – Evergreen
- Walled Lake Western High School – Emerald
- Wixom Elementary – Green
The top Michigan Green Schools in Oakland County this year were John F. Kennedy School in Ferndale, University Hills Elementary School in Rochester and Derby Middle School in Birmingham.
For more information on the Michigan Green School program visit the Oakland Schools website at www.oakland.k12.mi.us and click on “Michigan Green Schools” in the "Educators" column.