Fayette elementary school earns Green Ribbon honor


Tates Creek Elementary School (Fayette County) has been recognized as a 2019 National Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. It is the only public school in Kentucky and one of two schools in Kentucky to receive recognition this year in the Green Ribbon Schools program, which is designed to inspire schools, districts and institutions of higher education to strive for 21st-century excellence by highlighting promising school sustainability practices and resources that all can employ.

Tates Creek Elementary was recognized for demonstrating excellence in all three areas of sustainability considered in the Green Ribbon Schools program: building efficiency, environmental literacy and student/staff wellness.

The school is the first in its district to hire a full‐time wellness coach, and each classroom has a “wellness corner” to help students feel calm and focused. It also offers yoga to adults after school and Girls on the Run for 4th- and 5th-grade students. In addition, students cultivate a vegetable garden in the courtyard, lights are on automatic shutoff, bathrooms feature air dryers and rubberized nonslip flooring lessens the need for chemical waxing.

Tates Creek Elementary also has planted trees on school grounds, added water-bottle filling stations and eliminated straws in the cafeteria, among other initiatives.