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Tidewater Trader May 12, 2021 Page 44 The Maryland Association for En- vironmental and Outdoor Educa- tion (MAEOE) is pleased to an- nounce that Kent School has been re-certified for an another four years as a 2021 Maryland Green School. Maryland Green Schools are part of a national and interna- tional community of sustainable green schools. Kent School is the only independent school and only PK - Grade 8 school in Kent Coun- ty with this designation. Our stu- dents are b e c o m - ing better stewards of our E a r t h ’ s resources and de- veloping a better u n d e r - standing of their own local environ- ment. There are 672 active Mary- land Green Schools, 36% of all Maryland schools. In a very challenging year for our schools, where most students at- tended virtual classes or had lim- ited access to school buildings and school grounds, our school has achieved remarkable environmen- tal accomplishments. Kent School and 69 other schools have saved 36,369 gallons of water; reduced energy use by 7,297,118 KwH; prevented waste from going to a landfill by recycling 721,449 lbs of material; created 16,070 square feet of natural habitat; planted 1,347 native plants, including shrubs and trees; and cleaned 38,470 square feet of streambanks to protect our water quality. Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said, “Our school has dem- onstrated and documented a con- tinuous effort to integrate sustain- able environmental management practices, environmental educa- tion curriculum, professional de- velopment opportunities, and community engagement into our daily operations. This award signi- fies that our school hasmadea com- mitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing the envi- ronmental impact of our school.” Mugele continued, “I am so grateful to Heidi Usilton, Lower School Science, and Todd Mi- gnosa, Middle School Science for co-chairing this effort and design- ing the application website, along with Bonnie Williams, Director of the Little School. I would also like to thank Beth Lenker, Holt Education Center Director at Sul- tana Education Foundation, for her work on the original applica- tion in 2017 and for her wisdom and guidance this year.” This year outdoor classrooms be- come part of a prevention strategy for keeping us healthy during the COVID- 19 pandemic. The 2021 cohort of schools installed 81 new outdoor classrooms, and teach- ers and students used the outdoor classroom 4,246 times. “Our Mary- land Green Schools are using the school grounds as an extension of the classroom,” said Laura John- son Collard, MAEOE executive director. “The CDC continues to urge us to spend time outside of buildings to stay healthy.” Maryland Green Schools commu- nities, including teachers, staff, and students, have worked to cre- ate a healthy and sustainable en- vironment for everyone. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Green Schools students have shared their passion for the environment with their families. Students have reported spending time with their families recycling, planting vegetables and native plants, and being more mindful of turning off unnecessary lights. MAEOE and the Maryland Green School community will celebrate virtually in May and June to recog- nize awardees. For more informa- tion about Kent School, please call 410-778-4100 or visit the webpage www.kentschool.org. F or more information about MAEOE visit www.maeoe.org. After a pandemic pause in 2020, the 2021 Earth Day celebration was a hit. The weather was beautiful and downtown Chestertown was a buzz for the Farmer’s Market and the Earth Day celebration. There was even live music flowing in the air and it was a wonderful remind- er of what we have missed and what we may continue to enjoy in the future if we carefully continue to improve our collective health. In 2019 Infinity Recycling’s Guess the Bale weight had a record num- ber of participants and this year’s contest broke that record by a mile, 161 guesses compared to 122. The tin can bale (weighed 1361 pounds) winner was Krista Delone with a guess of 1352 pounds. She will receive a gift certificate from Evergrain. The high guess was 5,580 pounds and the low was 53 pounds (no names are presented to avoid teasing). The aluminum can bale (weighed 597 pounds) winner was Morgan Raimond with a guess of 600 pounds, just 3 pounds off! He will win a gift cer- tificate from Procolino’s. The high guess was 10,000 pounds, which is 300,896 cans off. The lowguesswas 53 pounds. The Corrugated Card- board bale (weighed 1542 pounds) winner was Barbara Creegan with a guess of 1700 pounds. Barbara the first person to win a Guess the Bale Weight contest twice, having won back in 2016. Infinity Recycling and Chester- town’s Earth Day celebration would like to thank Play It Again, Sam, Procolino’s and Evergrain for donating their gift certificates, adding to the fun of Earth Day! Send In Your Good News Email to: info@tidewatertrader.com Mail to: Tidewater Trader, P.O. Box 412, Chestertown, MD 21620 GOOD NEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers MAEOE Announces 2021 Maryland Green School Awards DCA Earth Day Success! The Kent Cultural Alliance (KCA) (formerly the Kent County Arts Council) is pleased to announce the five winning artists for its 2021 KCA/Chesapeake Heartland Art- ist Fellowships: (in alphabetical or- der) Bogey Brown, Allen Johnson, Jason Patterson, Mike Pugh, and Gordon Wallace. The KCA is proud to be a county- wide partner for the Washington College Starr Center’s “Chesa- peake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project.” As part of this collaboration, KCA is funding five local artists to create new works inspired by the incred- ible stories, images, and artifacts related to the experiences of Afri- can American’s in Kent County, as foundintheChesapeakeHeartland Archive. Each artist will select one or two items from the archive, and will then be connected to the per- son who shared these items origi- nally, to learn more. The primary goal is to increase public engage- ment with these important stories, through the arts. The Chesapeake Heartland archive is available to the public by visiting the webpage www.chesapeakeheartland.org. Kent Cultural Alliance Selects Five Local Artists for Artist Fellowships Each an accomplished artist in their own right, the five Fellow- ship winners will approach these stories through the media of film, digital art, ceramics, photography and portraiture. Each of the artist will receive a stipend of $1,500 for their work and the Fellowships will culminate with a public exhi- bition in the autumn of 2021. The artists were selected by a team of three Board Members of the Kent Cultural Alliance: Stepha- nie LaMotte, Carla Massoni and Robert Earl Price; and three Steer- ing Committee members of the Chesapeake Heartland Project: Airlee Johnson, Darius Johnson and Doncella Wilson. Over the course of the Fellowship period, the Kent Cultural Alliance will be sharing more about each of the artists, their selections, and their process. Please follow the Kent Cultural Alliance on Face- book and Instagram for more up- dates, and join their mailing list either through their website at www.kentculture.org o r by call- ing 410-778-3700 to leave either an email or regular mailing address. Kent School has been re-certi- fied for another four years as a 2021 Maryland Green School.