- Last Updated on Monday, 14 May 2012 20:45
- Written by The Times Weekly
- Category: Local News
The Will County Land Use Department honored students from schools across Will County during the 13th annual Earth Flag awards ceremony on May 9. This year 55 schools were recognized for their participation in the annual contest.
During his opening comments, Land Use Department Director Curt Paddock expressed his pride in the county’s commitment to protecting its natural resources and the students’ interest in furthering their commitment as well.
“I am proud of all of you and your work in taking care of our earth, our island home,” Paddock said. “I am impressed with the stories about what projects you have participated in from collecting bottle caps to picking up trash. It will take a new generation of fresh ideas to address our environmental challenges.”
Wyn Hyzer, the county’s environmental educator, has worked closely with schools across the county in promoting the message of green living. She said the Earth Flag awards have grown in popularity since its inception.
“This year we added 10 schools to our program,” Hyzer said. “And the projects the students create get better each year. Our children will inherit the Earth and I am so proud to see so many students taking an active approach to protecting the environment.”
For more information about the Will County Earth Flag program or other green initiatives, visit the website: www.willcountygreen.com.
Photo above: Students from R.C. Hill Elementary School in Romeoville proudly display their certificate and ribbon denoting participation in the Will County Land Use Department’s Earth Flag program. Also pictured: Will County Land Use Department Director Curt Paddock (far left) and Wyn Hyzer, Will County environmental educator. (Photo courtesy of Will County Executive Office)