Giving Back by Going Green
Teaching her students about saving the environment, third grade teacher Karen Pfingsten now can use the floor, the walls, and the air to teach about a healthier environment.
"We also discuss the use of recycling and re-using the energy, paper materials and so this would be a great idea to bring into the class," she said.
Known as a Green School Project, Southern Boone Elementary School is the first of its kind in Missouri to go green and help save the environment. The school is built with devices such as photo light sensors to turn off the lights when not in use. To save on running or dripping water, the school uses hand sensors to stop heavy water usage and help stop the spread of germs.
Most of the products used in the building came from within Missouri and have recyclable products within them. With 100% all recyclable carpet in the school, the walls are also coated with an odor-free and healthier paint.
While doing their part in saving the environment, officials are realizing the benefits of going green.
"In the long run, its just going to allow the school district to put more money back for high quality teachers and overall education of our students," said principal Scott Salmons.
The school is up and running and opened its doors to students on August 15th. It's located off South Henry Clay next to the primary school.