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Small was recognized for the work that has gone into building the Green Tech Academy with the raising of the Green Flag Award on April 6.

“Well, it’s honestly an amazing honor,” Seventh grader Andrew Mata said.

All of the Green Tech Ambassador students and teachers were at the Green Flag Eco-School ceremony, along with Mayor Steve Adler, Superintendent Paul Cruz, and Wildlife Federation Vice President Kevin Coyle.

“The flag represents all of the sustainable activities our school has done over the last 15 years,” Green teacher Nate Rosenberg said.

Small is the first school in Texas to receive the Green Flag Award.

“The purpose of Eco-School is that it is the framework to help educators integrate sustainability principles throughout their schools and curriculum,” Rosenberg said.

Eco-Schools programs are very nature filled and something that anyone can do.

“We do a lot of nature-related stuff, like working in the garden, taking care of chickens, and a lot of other great things,” Environmental Science teacher Chris Brooks said.

Both faculty and students have done work for years to make our school a green school. For example, students performed Energy Audits, transformed barren land into native habitats, and designed an outdoor classroom.

“We are already turning the school into an Eco-School, so we just wanted to recognize the work students and teachers have done over the years, like building ponds and watering systems for our gardens,” Rosenberg said.

What has been accomplished so far was done by motivated students and teachers.

“The students help us to run the gardens and the greenhouse, and take a lot of responsibility,” Brooks said.

The Green Academy is mostly student-lead, as the green teachers want it to be, because they want their classes to be motivated and actually put in a lot of effort.

“All of the Green Academy is mostly student driven. We have a team of 50% adults and 50% students, but we try to keep it to where the students are leading us,” Rosenberg said.

The teachers and students were proud that their hard work had paid off.

“Raising the flag was something that was truly amazing to watch,” Mata said.

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