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Middle school students at Hermosa Valley held a walk-in to honor the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida Wednesday morning. Pictured at the podium speaking to the school's seventh and eighth graders are eighth graders Bianca Zietsman and Ava Cooper who helped organize the event.

The Hermosa Beach City School District earned a California Green Ribbon Schools Award it was announced last week for schools that “conserve resources while promoting health and environmental literacy.”

The three areas the district achieved in were reducing environmental impacts and costs; improving the health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and providing environmental education.

“The entire school district community is very honored to receive this award because for many years it has been a priority to conserve our resources in the area of utilities, water conservation, waste management, and now the building of a new zero net energy school,” said Superintendent Pat Escalante.

According to a statement from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, HBCSD was one of three districts to be honored along with one agency and 20 schools.

“California Green Ribbon Schools engage our kids to understand and act on behalf of their environment,” said Thurmond in a statement. “From global-sized problems like climate change to local challenges like water quality, sustainability education grows the creativity, critical thinking skills, and environmental literacy our students need in order to lead now and into the future.”

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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