• Balboa Middle School Receives "Green School Award" From City of Ventura & Agromin
    Monday, November 21, 2011 at
  • Balboa Middle School in Ventura is the recipient of the fifth annual "Green School Award." The award is given annually to the City of Ventura school that is making a positive impact on our planet individually and in our community. Agromin partners with the city each year to help select the winning school. It also presents the school with a $500 cash prize. 

    Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton and Bill Camarillo, Agromin CEO, presented the award at the November 14 Ventura City Council meeting in celebration of America Recycles Day.
    Students at Balboa Middle School are using critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to recycle and to recognize the impacts their choices have on the environment.

    Through hands-on activities, students not only help in the collection of recyclable materials but they also sort, weigh and keep records of the types of materials and measure the impact they have on our planet. “Balboa Middle School has integrated math and other skills into the process,” said City of Ventura Environmental Specialist Christine Wied.

    In addition to the recycling program, teacher Steve Roth works with 7th and 8th grade students in an environmental horticulture class. The students learn what it takes to plant and maintain an organic garden. A portion of the food grown in the garden is donated to FOOD Share, Ventura County's food bank, to provide healthy vegetables for those in need. The students also planted a native plant garden at Balboa Middle School and learned the importance of xeriscaping to save water resources.

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