Project Green: 9th-12th grade winner

NINTH THROUGH TWELFTH-GRADE WINNER: Janice La Mendola, from Greenhill School in Addison

NINTH THROUGH TWELFTH-GRADE WINNER: Janice La Mendola, from Greenhill School in Addison

This week we're announcing WFAA's Project Green Eco-Educator winners! These are teachers in the community who exemplify leadership, creativity, and execution of projects educating students about protecting and improving the environment. We're excited to announce our next winner.

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Janice La Mendola from Greenhill School in Addison

Our 9th-12th grade category winner goes to Janice La Mendola, from Greenhill School in Addison.

Mrs. LaMendola has led the school’s involvement with Earth Day Texas for the second year in a row. She organized a booth and hands-on projects to show everyone how easy it is to reuse and recycle using items in your very own home.

Janice La Mendola from Greenhill School in Addison

"One of the projects we had was turning t-shirts into grocery bags that you can reuse," Mrs. LaMendola said.

They made more than 650 grocery bag. She said they also had scraps left over so they showed everyone how to make the scraps into rugs. This project was so big they're entering it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Earth Day Lesson.

Janice La Mendola from Greenhill School in Addison

Mrs. LaMendola hopes by teaching her students sustainability efforts by upcycling and re-purposing items, they will understand how their actions affect the environment. As one of this year’s Eco-Educators, Mrs. LaMendola received $1,000 donated by WFAA Project Green and K. Hovnanian Homes to keep her project going! Congratulations Janice LaMendola.