Several local schools won kudos last week for their efforts this fall to incorporate solar education into the classroom. North Buncombe Middle School was named Grand Prize Winner, with others taking first place in their respective categories.
“Each of these schools used solar to bring STEM education to life within the classroom and demonstrated a broad base of support for their efforts from parents, neighbors and friends,” notes the NC Solar Schools website (ncsolarschools.org).
Thirteen public and private schools in Asheville and Buncombe County participated in the challenge, which included classroom education, field trips, presentations and more.
The following schools earned first places: Hall Fletcher Elementary School, public elementary schools; North Buncombe Middle School, public middle schools; Asheville High School, public high schools; and Rainbow Community School, private and charter schools. In addition, North Buncombe High School won a special prize for student leadership.
The Solar Schools team plans to visit each of the schools that completed the Solar Schools Challenge during the week of Jan.26-30 to recognize them for their efforts and achievements. For more info, visit ncsolarschools.org.