The Luxemburg-Casco Community Problem solvers, under coaches Sandy Ehren, Amy Phillips, and assistant coach Heidi Bader, brought home 3rd place worldwide at the International FPSPI competition held at the University of Iowa last weekend. They brought the year-long project, "Believe In Green" to a whole new level of community involvement as well as made lots of positive changes to our school and outside environment. "Believe In Green" was a project focused on creating awareness in our school and outlying community about the effects each of us has on the environment.
Many of the activities the team did to take action towards achieving this goal involved students from the Intermediate and Primary Schools as well as the High School. They believe that creating awareness and associating fun with taking care of the Earth is best brought to focus at a young age.
The main area of focus was to certify L-C High School as a Green and Healthy School through the Wisconsin DNR. The students did indeed achieve "Sugar Maple" status (the highest possible status available and indicating they made positive and effective changes in all nine of the major focus areas) and did so in record time. This is the first school to ever have completed the certification in less than a year and to have been achieved mainly by students. They are also the first student group invited to present a project at the State DNR Green and Healthy Schools Convention in Steven's Point this summer. On top of these accomplishments they've spent at least 100 hours removing thousands of invasive plant species and replacing them with natives at Baird Creek and were recognized publicly for their work there by the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation this year.
They have accomplished so much more in just 10 short months and they all deserve a big congratulations! They have spread the word worldwide that we have only one Earth and it is ours to take care of right now. They want to be sure people understand that "The Earth is not given to you by your parents, it is loaned to you by your children and your children's children." ~Native American Proverb