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Evergreen School opens to wide acclaim One-of-a-kind environmental school offers unique lessons


“We will use the school building itself as a learning ground in which students can actually see the effects of their actions on the environment,” said principal Ellen Faliskie. “It has been proven that schools that emphasize the environment have a greater attendance rate than other schools. We expect to see that happen here.”

Teachers will receive a lot of in-service training to help them use the school to enhance learning in math, science, reading and writing, she said. Teachers will also develop curricula that they will share with other schools that seek to use the environment as a teaching tool.

“We will utilize programs developed by environmentalists like John Jose, who is developing such programs for the Wayne Highland School District,” Faliskie said. “We are not only developing our own programs but are eager to find outstanding programs from other school districts throughout the country. Our engineering company, Burkavich Design of Clark Summit, will assist us in contacting similar networks of schools in other states, she said.

The school replaces two older schools: the Lake Elementary School and the Hamlin Elementary School.