Russett: Maryland City Elementary achieves status as a Green School

Going "green" is happening all over Anne Arundel County and the state of Maryland.

Fourteen years ago, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education's Green School Program was established. The program recognizes Maryland schools that use the environment as a context for learning, implement the best environmental management strategies at the school and work with the community to address environmental issues.

There are 52 schools and centers with green status and more than 43 percent of the Anne Arundel County Public School facilities have completed the process to earn the state's highest recognition of environmental literacy. It takes approximately two years for a school to earn green status, and schools are encouraged to seek recertification every four years.

For the third consecutive year, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education has added the following 11 Anne Arundel County Public Schools to its list of Maryland Green Schools: Cape St. Claire, Crofton Woods, Fort Smallwood, Maryland City and Richard Henry Lee elementary schools; Meade and Severn River middle schools; Chesapeake and Southern high schools; Mary Glen School; and J. Albert Adams Academy. Along with that, four other Anne Arundel County Public schools earned either a second, third or model certification: Broadneck High School (2nd), Mayo Elementary School (2nd), West Annapolis Elementary School (3rd) and Shipley's Choice Elementary School (model). Congratulations to all.

To learn more about the program, go to

Come one, come all and join your friends, neighbors, teachers and students in Brock Bridge Elementary's Walking On The Wild Side walk-a-thon fundraiser on Monday, June 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Each grade level will complete a 5-kilometer walk in an effort to reach the 30-kilometer goal.

The objective is to raise money to help buy classroom supplies, instructional technology and other school supplies. For more details, call 301-498-6280.

Summer is just around the corner. With that comes vacations, pool parties, picnics and more.

Russett is celebrating its 20th anniversary (1992-2012) this year, so come on out and join us at the annual picnic June 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the community center complex.

There will be food, a game truck, roaming magician, moon bounce, airbrush tattoo artist, prizes, games and much more. Tickets are on sale now and cost $7 for adults and children age 12 and older; $4 for children ages 2 to 11; and children younger than 2 are free.

The last day to purchase tickets is June 8. No tickets will be available at the door. Contact or call 301-498-3897 for more information or to reserve your tickets.

Russett's annual Hot Dog and Ice Cream Day will be held July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Russett Pool Complex. The price for a hot dog, soda and bag of chips is $1. The American Pool Management Co. will provide a variety of complimentary frozen treats.

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