Lanier Middle School receives highest honor from National Wildlife Federation

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A Fairfax County middle school is being recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for its student-driven environmental efforts.

With a standing ovation, parents, and community leaders celebrated students at Lanier Middle School for their efforts to address environmental issues. Of 5,000 schools in the U.S., Lanier is the first and only middle school to achieve the fourth “green flag” status. The fourth green flag made Lanier a recipient of the highest honor for eco-schools, which is an effort started by Laura Hickey who attended Lanier in 1970. 

“Eco-schools is a holistic green schools program and it really partners with all these other different programs to give a student a wide range of experiences in the outdoors with environmental education and it really expands their universe,” Laura Hickey, Board of Directors for the Foundation for Environmental Education said.

Centreville Elementary School was the second school in the nation to earn permanent green flag status. 

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