The Mountain School goes 'Green'

BONDVILLE - Each year, The Mountain School at Winhall adopts an overarching theme that informs all aspects of the school's day-to-day operations, in the classrooms, in the halls, on the fields and in the offices. This year's theme is "Going Green."

"Vermont is consistently named the greenest state in the country by virtually all rating entities, the town of Winhall is one of the top recyclers in the state, and green is our school color," said Daren Houck, MSW's Head of School. "'Going Green' was a natural fit for us."

Recycling stations - for plastics, papers, cardboard, even ink and toner cartridges - have sprung up throughout the building and a composting program is in full swing. The middle school grades oversee the program and integrate the finished compost into the school's vegetable and flower garden beds. Beyond that, for all school events where a meal is served, families and guests are asked to bring their own, non-disposable place settings to further reduce waste.

Off campus, The Mountain School's 8th graders manage a recycling program at the Winhall Transfer Station that collects redeemable bottles and cans. The town has generously set aside a "Mountain School" shed and, twice monthly, teams of students and teachers head to the station to sort the redeemables and parents then bring the haul to the redemption center. The proceeds of the program benefit the school's ongoing technology upgrades.

The Mountain School at Winhall is an accredited Pre-K-8 independent community school in Bondville, Vermont. For information on the school or its programs, call Houck at 297-2662. Take a virtual tour of the school anytime at themountain


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