Green Ribbon School award
TCE earns national recognition for sustainability efforts
Tates Creek Elementary is among the 2019 National Green Ribbon Schools, having demonstrated excellence and commitment in all three areas of sustainability: building efficiency, environmental literacy, and student/staff wellness. Among its strong points, TCE is the first school in the district to hire a full‐time wellness coach, and each classroom has a “wellness corner” to help students feel calm and focused. TCE also offers yoga to adults after school and Girls on the Run for fourth- and fifth-graders. In addition, students cultivate a vegetable garden in the courtyard, lights are on automatic shut-off, bathrooms feature air dryers, and rubberized nonslip flooring lessens the need for chemical waxing. Tates Creek has also planted trees on school grounds, added water-bottle filling stations, and eliminated straws in the cafeteria, among other initiatives.