East Point Academy was awarded two Green Step Awards Sept. 8 for demonstrating excellence in building a student recycling program. The school was also named a “Green Steps School” by the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina for conservation.

The award was presented to club leader and science teacher Huaying “Tracy” Jiang, and East Point Academy board chair Alan Buck by Jane Hiller of Sonoco Recycling Education Center. 

“My students and I learned so much from doing our recycling work every week," said East Point teacher Huaying “Tracy” Jiang. "I would love to add more projects... that can teach students how to reduce in their daily life.” 

Eligibility for a Green Steps award requires that school projects are at least two years in length and must be monitored by a Green Steps mentor. The mission of these projects is for students to gain environmental knowledge then have the ability to teach others.

“We are so impressed with the projects established at East Point Academy,” said Jane Hiller of Sonoco Recycling Education Center. 

East Point's projects included a school recycling program and school-based workshops on making tote bags out of old shopping bags. Both projects focused on conservation.

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