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Schools Recognized for “Environmental Care and Ownership”

Post Date:02/27/2017 10:27 AM

Sea Park students working on rain barrels.

The City of Melbourne’s Environmental Community Outreach Division is pleased to announce the 2017 ECO Schools.

Melbourne High School, West Shore Junior/Senior High School, Central Middle School, Roy Allen Elementary School, Sabal Elementary School, Sea Park Elementary School, Spessard Holland Elementary School, Surfside Elementary School and West Melbourne School for Science have earned the ECO Schools designation in recognition of their efforts to promote “ECO” or Environmental Care and Ownership during the 2016/2017 school year.

These nine schools have taken numerous steps to conserve and protect resources inside the school and on school grounds. Activities include strong water and energy conservation measures, active recycling programs, projects to learn about and protect the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), and hands-on environmental stewardship activities.

“We are proud to award these schools the ECO Schools designation,” said Environmental Community Outreach Manager Jennifer Wilster. “They are doing some remarkable and innovative things to educate the students about the importance of protecting the environment, and we applaud them for their efforts.”

Following are some examples of the endeavors these schools have been undertaking:

Melbourne High School: IRL Club service projects and art classes using recycled materials for art projects.

Recycled art project by Melbourne High School students.


West Shore Jr./Sr. High School: Solar array that generates directly into their system, senior project event to promote the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, hydroponic vegetable gardens, science projects using past water quality trends in the IRL to predict future mangrove health, numerous other research projects in environmental sciences, reusing soda cans to teach gas laws in chemistry, reusing prom vases for science research.

West Shore student working on a mangrove project along the Indian River Lagoon.

Central Middle School: Using solar panels to power monitors in the media center and reusing bottles for lab projects.

Roy Allen Elementary School: EarthKids Club’s recycling and litter patrols, Lagoon Quest for fourth-grade students to learn to care for the IRL and take field trips, art club creates projects from recycled materials, Makerspace Club repurposes broken electronics by taking them apart and inventing new things.

Sabal Elementary School: Students study pollution and how it affects the environment, fourth grade students take field trips to the IRL, students use recycled materials from their homes for STEM challenges, crochet club uses donated T-shirts to make yarn for their own projects.

Sea Park Elementary School: Reusing paper towel rolls and paper to create piggy banks; growing plants with hydroponics; garden club uses rain barrels, tires, garden boxes and soda bottles for a biodegradable garden; lessons inform student about environmental careers.

Spessard L. Holland Elementary School: IRL mangrove planting, “Save the Matschie Tree Kangaroo” awareness and fundraising drive that sold re-purposed items to help fund the preservation, partnering with Brevard Zoo to deliver lessons on mangroves and oyster mats, creating “sea turtles” out of trash they collected on the beach.

Mangrove restoration project by Holland Elementary School students.

Surfside Elementary School: Hold Make-a-Difference Day as a campus-wide cleanup and beatification by students, teachers, volunteers and parents; IRL field trips; students design and illustrate three food chains found in the IRL; use Great Water Odyssey online to explore the Floridan Aquifer and food chains and the ecosystem of the IRL; students design bumper stickers to promote protecting the IRL; students create IRL murals depicting its plants and animals; students design and create art work from recycled objects. The school has a “recycled surfer” statue made of soup cans in the front of their building.

West Melbourne School for Science: In the process of making a greenhouse with solar panels, use recycled items for art creation, milk cartons are used for starter pots in the gardens, use rain barrels to collect water and as compost bins, use paint buckets to collect compost for the gardens.

For more information, contact:
•    City of Melbourne ECO Division – Jennifer Wilster, ECO Manager, 321-608-5081 (
•    Melbourne High School – Tracy Collins, Science Department Chair, 321-952-5880 (
•    West Shore Junior/Senior High School – Catherine Halbuer, Assistant Principal, 321-242-4730 (
•    Central Middle School – Robert Farrell, Assistant Principal, 321-722-4150 (
•    Roy Allen Elementary School – Janna Johnston, Science Activity Teacher, 321-242-6450 (
•    Sabal Elementary School – Alicia Warnick-Ellis, Teacher, 321-254-7261 (
•    Sea Park Elementary School – Christine Ahern, Teacher, 321-779-2050 (
•    Spessard L. Holland Elementary School – Sherese Patton, Teacher, 321-773-7591 (
•    Surfside Elementary School – Lori Masterson, Principal, 321-773-2818 (
•    West Melbourne School for Science – Jenna Meier, Garden Teacher, 321-956-5040 (

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