Twelve schools in Farmington were among 173 throughout Oakland County recognized Wednesday for earning the Michigan Green School designation.
Representatives from the schools gathered Wednesday morning at Oakland Schools in Waterford to receive an official Michigan Green School flag and a certificate signed by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie L. Markavitch.
Schools must complete at least 10 of 20 "green" activities to earn the designation. Activities range from paper recycling to garden projects to the use of renewable energy. Schools that complete more than 10 activities may be eligible for "Emerald" or "Evergreen" status.
The top Michigan Green Schools in Oakland County this year were John F. Kennedy School in Ferndale, University Hills Elementary School in Rochester and Derby Middle School in Birmingham.
Farmington schools that earned recognition Wednesday included the following, according to Michigan Green Schools coordinator Debby Dunn of Oakland Schools.
Michigan Green School Emerald Status
- Gill Elementary
- Kenbrook Elementary
- North Farmington High School
- Warner Upper Elementary
Michigan Green School Evergreen Status
- Alameda Early Childhood Center
- Farmington Central High School
- Farmington High School
- Forest Elementary
- Harrison High School
- Highmeadow Common Campus
- Hillside Elementary
- O. E. Dunckel Middle School
For more information on the Michigan Green School program visit the Oakland Schools website at www.oakland.k12.mi.us and click on “Michigan Green Schools” in the "Educators" column.