Twelve Schools in PWCS Named 2023 Virginia Naturally Schools

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The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has recognized 12 Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) as Virginia Naturally Schools. This is the official environmental education school recognition program in the Commonwealth. Schools applying for this award must show their efforts both in the classroom and beyond to increase the environmental literacy of their students.

Schools receiving this award have embraced PWCS’ commitment to improving environmental awareness and stewardship by educating students and staff. They continue to work toward the school division’s dedication to sustainability, the environment, and reducing the carbon footprint.

The following 12 schools in PWCS were among the 48 in the state to receive this recognition.

  • Bel Air Elementary School
  • Belmont Elementary School
  • Benton Middle School
  • Coles Elementary School
  • Dale City Elementary School
  • Freedom High School
  • Gar-Field High School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Mullen Elementary School
  • Neabsco Elementary School
  • Patriot High School
  • Piney Branch Elementary School

Schools must apply each year for consideration and must show progress in all areas after the first year. In 2022, eight schools were named, and this is Coles Elementary’s 10th year of recognition.

“The Coles learning community is focused on developing our students to be environmental stewards. It is important to our learning community to educate and engage our students in environmental awareness,” said Principal Kathryn Forgas.

The Virginia Naturally Schools recognition is also a gateway to potential national recognition by the U.S. Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School.

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