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April 19, 2016: Congressman Rick Larsen joins RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Birchwood first graders, Kiwanis Club for Earth Day cleanup at Little Squalicum Beach

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Two Birchwood Elementary classrooms recently completed Green Classroom certification through the Sustainable Schools program at RE Sources. 

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, the Kiwanis Club of Bellingham and two first grade classrooms at Birchwood Elementary will be joined by Congressman Rick Larsen for an Earth Day cleanup at Little Squalicum Beach.

The cleanup is from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Friday, April 22, at Little Squalicum Beach, located off Marine Drive at Lindbergh Avenue in Bellingham. The event is not open to the public, but the media is invited to attend.

“Earth Day is a great opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and take some time to keep our environment clean,” says Congressman Rick Larsen, the State Representative for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Bellingham. “I am looking forward to joining local students to clean up Little Squalicum Beach, and I applaud these students for their commitment to service. They are the next generation of leaders we will depend on to protect our environment long into the future.”

The Birchwood Elementary School first grade classrooms of Anne Franzmann and Valerie Smith recently completed their Green Classroom certification, a Sustainable Schools program at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.

During their Green Classroom certification, the first graders learned about the importance of water conservation and the need to both save the water from being wasted and protect the water from pollution, including litter.

“Any chance to get youth outside and participating in a service-learning project is a win for me,” says Haley Mountain, the Green Classroom Coordinator and AmeriCorps member at RE Sources. “Beach and litter cleanups are just one way we can show students that every person has the responsibility to take actions to reduce impacts on our environment. Little Squalicum Beach is a local treasure that happens to collect lots of marine debris, and I am excited to show the students and volunteers what a change a couple hours can make.”

The Green Classroom certification is a program of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities that helps teachers integrate conservation education into their curriculum and initiate positive action in their classroom and in the community. The free certification takes 3-6 hours, includes 10 hours of professional in-class support and meets Next Generation Science Standards. More information:

The Sustainable Schools team is working with more than 70 classrooms during the 2015-2016 school year to achieve their Green Classroom certification. To date, 86 classrooms in Whatcom County have received certification.

Media Contact: Riley Grant, Sustainable Schools Manager, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities,, 360-733-8307 ext. 210