Message from the Mayor: Kellman Brown selected as a Green Ribbon School, and town carnival beginning May 1

Kellman Brown Academy of Voorhees has been selected as a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

KBA is one of only two schools in New Jersey, and among 48 schools in the country to be honored.

Green Ribbon schools are recognized for their efforts in reducing utility costs and environmental impact, promoting better health and providing environmental education, including STEM, civics and green career paths, according to the Federal Department of Education.

KBA’s strategic plan for “greening” included changes to the building, the use of green products, minimizing waste, increased recycling, increased education and partnering with our community to reduce the carbon footprint.

Through iPads, Smartboards, REMWEB and other technology, KBA is educating its students on tools that are essential for being environmental stewards. Students have traded in notebooks for the app known as Notability, paper planners for calendar apps, and some books for online texts.

Through the Internet, KBA is teaching its students and their families about a green lifestyle far beyond the actual curriculum.

A great example of KBA’s environmental initiative is the “Boomerang Lunch.”

Every Friday, the school removes all waste bins from the lunchroom, leaving only compost and a small recycling bin. Families are notified that anything sent inside the lunchbox that is not eaten, compostable or recyclable will be sent back home, like a boomerang.

KBA will also be hosting a Green Family Arts Festival on June 9, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

This program is an engaging and dynamic family festival that offers parents and children the chance to participate in hands-on art for a better understanding of the importance of environmental sustainability.

For more information about Kellman Brown Academy located at 1007 Laurel Oak Road, visit www.kellmanbrownacademy.org.

On behalf of the Voorhees community and the other members of the township committee, congratulations to Kellman Brown Academy on receiving this prestigious award. We are very proud!

As a reminder, the Voorhees Town Center will again host a spring carnival to benefit the Nephcure Foundation, from May 1 to May 11. The carnival will be located in the Star Group and food court parking lot.

There will be even more rides than last year and all the same foods, including cotton candy and funnel cake. For more information, please visit www.VoorheesTownCenter.com.

The center will also be hosting a weekly Twilight Farmers Market, starting Thursday evening, May 15, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Twilight Farmers Market will be located on the special events plaza in front of Macy’s every Thursday evening through September 4.This year, the market will be featuring fresh, locally grown produce and other specialty foods.