Whether you're on your way to the library or stopping by City Hall, chances are you're driving by St. John Vianney School, located in the heart of Brookfield. This blog will provide insight into life and education at SJV, a 4K-8 educational anchor in Brookfield since 1957.
On Thursday, May 27 at 7:50 am Flag Ceremony St. John Vianney School received a highest honor Green School Award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Mayor Steve Ponto presented the award to the school. A representatives from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Wisconsin was also present.
The award culminates and recognizes the efforts of members of the 8th grade Girl Scout Troop #2375 who worked throughout the year to have our school designated a green school through efforts such as labeling waste and recycle containers, educating students and staff on what can be recycled, which bin to recycle in the classrooms and in the hall, and what happens to materials that are recycled. When the Girl Scouts completed the initial paperwork to have our school designated by WI DNR as a Green School, they focused specifically on the initiatives for indoor air quality and school building and grounds. When they met to complete the final award application for Green School designation, they realized that the school had also accomplished and addressed other initiatives such as Integrated Pest Management, Chemical Management, Transportation and Community Involvement so they filled in the steps the school had recently taken to address these issues as well. They wanted to share their pride that SJV school administrators, parents, teachers and community recognized the benefit to the environment in the steps they had taken to improve the school and how students were learning about these critical steps to save energy in the curriculum. Little did the Girl Scouts know that these extra efforts pushed them ahead to receive “Reaching Higher Status”, the highest award given by the DNR for Green Schools (only two other schools in the state have earned this award). The Scouts are now preparing the final report to receive the Girl Scout Silver Award. They hope to complete this award appl
ication after their graduation from St. John Vianney School on June 4.
The 8th grade Girl Scouts who worked on this project are Danielle K. (leader) and her team: Allison U, Erica W, Mikala F and Molly S from Troop #2375. A huge thank you goes to the parish administration for choosing to be more energy efficient when remodeling in recent years, the maintenance staff for assisting in the correct handling of recyclables and waste, and the students/teachers/staff/parents of the school community for using the receptacles correctly!
As a community, we earned this award!! Congratulations!