Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources announced its recent Virginia Naturally Schools, and three City of Fairfax schools are on the list. Providence ES received its second recognition, Katherine Johnson MS received its tenth recognition, and Daniels Run ES received its fifteenth. Six Fairfax County public schools were on the list, with the City schools representing half the awards.
Virginia Naturally Schools is the official environmental education school recognition program of the Commonwealth. The program's goal is to recognize those exemplary efforts undertaken by Virginia schools to increase the environmental awareness and stewardship of its students. The schools' environmental efforts also support the Virginia Department of Education's Profile of a Virginia Graduate by developing the students' Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking and Civic Responsibility. The Virginia Naturally Schools Program recognized 48 schools for their efforts during the 2022-23 school year.
"The City of Fairfax Schools are committed to providing advanced environmental education for our students," said Jeff Platenberg, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. "We proudly support our schools' outdoor classrooms, field trips to our state and region resources, and supplemental support. We applaud our city school staff's hard work and dedication to getting our kids outside."
For more information on the Virginia Naturally Schools Recognition Program, visit: https://dwr.virginia.gov/education/school-recognition/