Hoover's Harriet W. Gwin Elementary named 2013 Green Ribbon School

Harriet W. Gwin Elementary School in Hoover. (Hoover City Schools)

Hoover's Harriet W. Gwin Elementary School{}is named a 2013 Green Ribbon School. Green Ribbon schools are honored for their approach to creating "green" environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education.

Gwin Elementary offers education on water-saving strategies and the elimination of harmful toxins in the air. Students experience hands-on elements such as science classes taught while walking outdoor trails and teaching health and exercise through running clubs, dance, and unicycle teams. The school helps to better its community with its home-grown club, the "Eco-Brains," which has participated in the Smithsonian Institute's Global Tree Branding Project and the Environmental Protection AGency's Air Quality School Flag program.

Gwin is one of{}four schools and a school system honored this year as a Green Ribbon School in Alabama. The others include Munford Middle and Munford High School in Talladega County school system,{} Fayetteville High School, and Talladega County School System.

All nominated and winning schools will receive State Board of Education recognition at a May 9 meeting and picnic lunch.