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NKE Receives "Sapling School" Status

In March 2018, Netherwood Knoll Elementary became a “Seedling School” with Wisconsin’s Green and Healthy Schools program. G&HS is a joint program of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education that recognizes progress in our schools in nine focus areas: Community Involvement, Energy, Environmental & Sustainability Education, Environmental Health (Indoor Air Quality, Chemical Management, Integrated Pest Management), Health & Wellness, Recycling & Waste Management, School Site, Transportation and Water.


Our Seedling status was earned because of all of the work students, staff, and the community have been doing in our classrooms, Arboretum, Outdoor Classroom and hoop house with planting, learning about nature, healthy-eating initiatives and more. The status also allows our school to apply for a Recycling Bin Grant.


In May 2018, we reached the next step in working toward a healthier school and community and received our “Sapling School” status. Earning a Sapling status certifies Netherwood Knoll as a Project Learning Tree “GreenSchool!”, making NKE eligible to apply for PLT grants.


Our final level will be “Sugar Maple,” which will make NKE eligible for nomination for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition.


Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers and community businesses for supporting the G&HS initiative! If you would like to be involved in these exciting initiatives, please contact Principal Chris Kluck at If you’d like more information on the G&HS program, visit