(HELENA) Helena High School is one of 13 schools recognized in the “Smart Schools Challenge”.

This is the second year of the Smart Schools Initiative.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney toured the school Thursday afternoon to see first hand what the students are doing to save money and resources.
Helena High does a lot to reduce their carbon foot print…Including planting trees on campus, running a successful recycling program and continuing to save money and energy from their solar panels.
This year an environmental club at the school started the “Get Caught Recycling” program that rewards students for recycling correctly.

“It’s so awesome to see something that students like myself that came up with in the summer and thinking about it and being able to implement our ideas this year and getting recognition like we have it,” said Michelle Werle, Helena High Senior and President of Green Group Club.

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“They want to be responsible and they want to set a good example and I think that’s a wonderful thing and they need to be recognized and I was delighted to be here and recognize them for their efforts,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney.


Each smart school received a $1,000 grant to help with future and current green projects.


The winning SMART Schools are:


SMART Energy Challenge (promotes energy efficiency):

  • Billings Senior High School, Billings, MT
  • Sweet Grass County High School, Big Timber, MT
  • Meadowlark Elementary School, Billings, MT
  • Alkali Creek Elementary School, Billings, MT


SMART Green Challenge (promotes more environmentally friendly practices):

  • Helena High School, Helena, MT
  • Sleeping Giant Middle School, Livingston, MT
  • Arlee Joint School District, Arlee, MT
  • Alder Elementary School, Alder, MT


SMART Recycling Challenge (implements or enhances recycling programs):

  • ­Will James Middle School, Billings, MT
  • Central School, Roundup, MT
  • Red Lodge High School, Red Lodge, MT
  • Brorson School, Sidney, MT
  • Cohagen School, Cohagen, MT





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