This week's CBS47 Cool School is totally dedicated to saving the environment.
Ahwahnee Middle School students are known as "green warriors."
Ahwahnee is known as an environmental studies magnet, a campus where students can specifically enroll in studies to learn more about saving the planet.
Student Juan Sandoval is one of the school's green ambassadors, learning as much as he can about the environment, then sharing that information with others.
The Ahwahnee campus is a living classroom. There are rain barrels that collect and recycle water for the school garden and fertilizer for the garden comes from the school's compost bins, which are filled every with leftover waste from student lunches in the cafeteria.
The program is so successful the school was presented with the Mayor's Award for Recycling.
Principal Tim Liles said, "We were recognized by Mayor Swearengin for our recycling program. Each and every day, we've got 750 kids, all of them eat lunch in the cafeteria next door and every single one recycles their lunch waste. And they do it so well, so automatic, we can only assume, but we're pretty sure, that it carries over to home."
Teacher Miss Kast said, "This is how the kids are going to live. I think we're a little ahead of the curve, in terms of society, but eventually, that's what we're all gonna need to do."
Congratulations to all the students and teachers at Ahwahnee Middle School for their commitment to the environment.