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Energy Star Certified
Grass Valley Elementary School is a member of the District’s Energy Star family. Grass Valley earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.


The Caps Have Been Counted!

Our year-long bottle cap collecting resulted in an unbelievable grand total of 112,238 plastic threaded bottle caps saved from the landfill!

Last year’s total over just a few weeks was 5,586. What an amazing accomplishment to  have amassed so many caps for recycling, Grass Valley! Thank you to EVERYONE  who saved, counted and bagged caps of all colors and sizes! Did you know that plastic  caps are typically made of polypropylene (#5 plastic) while bottles are usually polyethylene (#1 plastic, for instance). Some recyclers do not accept lids with bottles and the caps get sent to the landfill. Even though Columbia Valley in Evergreen won the competition with 132,000 bottle caps, we were the only two schools to compete. Together we  saved almost a quarter of a million bottle caps from the landfill!

Sorelle Spa Salon is rewarding BOTH schools with a popsicle for each student and a  $20 certificate for each staff member to apply towards a service of his or her choice.

Keep saving your bottle caps! This is the last year Sorelle is sponsoring the competition but with a little help, we might hold a grade-level competition in the next school year. Any caps turned in to school between now and the end of the school year will be recycled OR you can bring caps to your nearest Aveda salon including Sorelle on 192nd Avenue in the QFC shopping center. We will advise families near the end of the year of any over-the-summer school competition.

~ Mrs. Della Valle, 1st Grade Teacher

Columbia River Watershed Festival encourages stewardship and preservation

Grass Valley Elementary students make cactus fly refrigerator magnets out of recycled phone wires, straws and pipe cleaners.

Every year, Mariah Acton meets fourth-graders who have never been on a hike or seen a blue heron.

And every year, the Columbia River Watershed Festival seeks to change that, and give students a new perspective.

Acton, events and volunteer coordinator for the non-profit, helps organize the festival, which is held in a Clark County park every year. This year, it was held in Capt. William Clark Park in Washougal. It also rotates with visits to Klineline Pond, Vancouver Lake and Lewisville State Park.

The goal is to teach as many fourth-graders as possible about environmental stewardship and conservation, and having fun while learning about it.

On Thursday and Friday, approximately 1,000 kids, including those from Camas and Washougal, participated in the event. They made their way through 16 rotating stations, which ranged from environmental storytelling to conservation to searching for evidence of animal activity along the beach.

“They don’t get these kinds of activities anywhere else in school these days,” Acton said. “There have been so many cuts to field trips and outdoor school.

Read the full story at The Post Record.