By Martin van den Hemel - Richmond Review Published: May 20, 2011 1:00 PM Updated: May 20, 2011 1:05 PM[caption id="attachment_1353" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="W.D. Ferris Elementary students Amy Shao, Ada Chang, Christine Liang, Stephen Mok and Jacob Ong, along with teacher Kevin Lyseng, demonstrate green efforts that won the school the 2011 EcoVoyageurs Jr. award. Photo credit: Martin van den Hemel"][/caption] W.D. Ferris Elementary teacher Kevin Lyseng is still searching for that elusive three-peat, but a pair of back-to-back titles earned by his students for their environmentalism is nothing to sneeze at. This week, the central Richmond school added to its impressive resume by capturing the 2011 EcoVoyageurs Jr. award, a distinction it also earned last year, one of just 10 schools nationally to be selected. While the Grade 5/6 teacher and school environmental leader introduced the use of eco-friendly non-toxic refillable markers for its dry-erase whiteboards in an effort to reduce waste by about 300 pounds a year, the $2,000 perk for his class and school that came with the EcoVoyageurs Jr. award is also welcomed. Over the years, Ferris has won more than its fair share of environmental awards. From the purchase of benches and trees, to the creation of a courtyard garden, students are learning that being friendly to Mother Nature sometimes comes with added bonuses. Principal Rick Gibbs said students from Lyseng’s class audited what was going in the school’s garbage to see what could be recycled. Students were able to cut their garbage to just 30 kg/day from 85.
AusPen markers hit front page news
As students and the environmental leader of WD Ferris Elementary school hit the front page news, we couldn't help noticing that handsome kit of eco-friendly markers! Check out this front page article of the Richmond Review.