Broughal School Nominated for National Award

SouthSide Middle School nominated by state for Department of Education Green Ribbon Award for increasing environmental and sustainability literacy.


Broughal Middle School has been nominated for a national environmental award by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools that have made significant achievement toward increased environmental and sustainability literacy, reducing the school’s environmental footprint, and creating a healthy community for students and staff.

After a review by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Secretary Ron Tomalis nominated Broughal as one of four schools in Pennsylvania demonstrating progress and achievement in three key areas:

  • Reduced environmental impact and energy efficiency
  • Healthy school environment
  • Environmental and sustainability education

Broughal Principal Edward Docalovich, along with teachers Laura Keding and Karen Wilmore, submitted a detailed application that included extensive data regarding the physical operations within the building, as well as the numerous environmentally focused activities conducted by staff and students alike.

Together, those efforts represent a comprehensive approach to creating a green school.

As a state finalist, Broughal will now complete an additional application package, which will be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Also, as a result of the nomination, Broughal has been named a Pennsylvania Pathways school for 2013. That designation recognizes that it is a healthy, environmentally friendly, and cost efficient place of learning.


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