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East Point Academy Receives Green Steps Award

West Columbia, SC 09/11/2021- Demonstrating excellence in building a student recycling program, East Point Academy has been awarded two Green Step Awards in addition to being named a “Green Steps School” by the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina for conservation.

The award was presented to club leader and Science teacher Huaying “Tracy” Jiang, and East Point Academy Board Chair Alan Buck on September 8th by Jane Hiller of Sonoco Recycling Education Center.

To be eligible for a Green Steps award, school projects need to be at least two years in length and be monitored by a Green Steps mentor. The aim of the projects is for students to gain enough environmental knowledge to be able to teach others. “We are so impressed with the projects established at East Point Academy,” said Hiller which included a school recycling program, and school-based workshops on making tote bags out of old shopping bags.

Both projects focused on conservation and allowed students to share their knowledge with peers. 5th grade teacher Jiang formed the East Point Green Team to focus on building a school culture around recycling and reusing. When reflecting on the experience Green Team provided for students, Jiang said “My students and I learned so much from doing our recycling work every week. I would love to add more projects. That can teach students how to reduce in their daily life.”

Head of School Mark Bounds echoed her enthusiasm for the program's future saying, “In this challenging year, our teachers and students continue to learn, grow and contribute to our community. I am so proud of Ms. Jiang and our Green Team students and look forward to seeing their next project.””

East Point Academy is a highly rated Mandarin Immersion free Public Charter School that provides rigorous academics with a global focus to students from four-year-old kindergarten to eighth grade. It was named the “Best” Charter School by the State Newspaper, “Best” Private or Charter Elementary School in South Carolina by East Point Academy has limited openings for the remainder of the 2021/2022 school year.

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