On Friday, June 1, 2012, thirteen Environmental Club students from Perry Hall Middle School attended the Maryland Green Schools Ceremony and Youth Summit along with their sponsor, Ms. Laura Britton, an eighth grade science teacher and sponsor of the PHMS Environmental Club.
Students visited with Scales and Tales, learned how to track a box turtle, created buoys and tested to see whose buoy held the most golf balls and learned about the beach ecosystem. Students were presented a Green School flag, a Governor’s citation and the County Executive’s citation as well as a dogwood tree to be planted at the school at 4300 Ebenezer Road in Perry Hall.
The school and its principal, Mr. Allen Zink, are very proud to have Perry Hall Middle certified as a 2012 Maryland Green School. The Maryland Green School Program is an award-winning program which began in 1999 and has certified over 450 Green Schools.According to Joanne Schmader, Maryland Green School Coordinator, this is "a significant accomplishment, representing a whole-school commitment to environmental literacy for staff, students, and the community." This means that the school serves as a model of providing environmental literacy resources to Maryland students and demonstrates sustainable practices to the community. PHMS was approved by a review committee of environmental education leaders in order to achieve this certification.