Albuquerque school receives ‘Green Ribbon Schools’ award

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque school is being recognized for its efforts to go green. It was the only school in the state to get the honor. Coyote Willow Family School is one of 39 schools to receive the U.S. Education Department’s Green Ribbon Schools award. The award goes to schools that reduce their footprint, improve health and wellness and offer good environmental education.

Coyote Willow is an APS Magnet K-8 program. Students attend a public school program that combines a half-day or 80 percent of classroom instruction with a half-day or 20 percent of home-based instruction.

Among programs, it was highlighted for is the Bosque Conservation Project where seventh-graders work to save trees damaged by beavers. The school itself is also green, achieving a silver ranking from the Environment Department.

School honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 27 states. The selectee’s include 28 public schools, including three magnet schools and four charter schools, as well as 11 nonpublic schools. Forty-five percent of the 2020 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.   

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