Brandywine School District’s Forwood Elementary School and Caesar Rodney School District’s Postlethwait Middle School have earned Green Ribbon awards from the U.S. Department of Education for their work reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness of students and staff and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.

They are among 45 schools, nine districts and nine postsecondary institutions being honored nationally.

Honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 39 public schools, including five magnet schools, one charter school and six nonpublic schools. Forty-four percent of the 2017 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body and 14 percent are rural.

“I’m proud of Forwood Elementary School and Postlethwait Middle School, and the other Delaware schools that have received the Green Ribbon honor over the years, for setting such a good example for our state, for our nation and for our children,” said Sen. Tom Carper. “These schools are going beyond the classroom to teach kids about the importance of reducing our impact on the environment. They are walking the walk and, by doing so, are instilling lessons and good practices that will last a lifetime. I applaud these schools for not only educating the leaders of the future, but also actively working to leave them a better future too.”

The Delaware Department of Education will honor the two schools along with a third state finalist, Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Warner Elementary School, at a ceremony later this spring.