Millikan Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet
Pesticide Free Zone

Millikan Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks, California under the direction of Principal Dr. Norm Issacs in addition to being  recognized ly for their outstanding academic achievement,  Performing Arts,  and Environmental Science Programs, has become one of a dozen schools in the nation to receive the prestigious GREEN FLAG AWARD.

One of more than 800 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Millikan is fortunate to be in a district who has been nationally recognized for their innovative Integrated Pest Management & Recycling policies.

With the support of outstanding teachers like Deborah Woodson, Ellen Maisen, Dr. Clum and the Science Academy, students have planted dozens of roses, built more than 150 concrete benches with mosaic tiles, ( recycled materials), created a butterfly sanctuary, turtle pond, and are almost finished with an outdoor stage. Under the direction of Ms. Michel beautiful murals surround the campus depicting various environmental themes.

Beneficial Insect presentations by internationally celebrated William Currie and California Safe Schools have increased awareness of alternatives to pesticides by releasing green lace wings, ladybugs, and other beneficial insects into the garden. Recycling containers outside and inside classrooms, and posters provided by California Safe Schools remind students to use Trash Bins.

On April 26th, 2004 Millikan joined with California Safe Schools in hosting an Environmental celebration called "United for Safety" . The California Environmental Protection Agency , political figures, regulatory agencies, environmentalists, students, and community members were entertained by Mr. Miranda’s Conga Orchestra, Mr. Burkes Dance Ensemble, and Mr. Krupsacks Choir.

Nicholas Baker, of Millikan Middle School Performing Arts Magnet added , "All schools should work toward becoming a Green Flag School. The Green Flag program is fun. It protects our environment and keeps everyone at school healthy. Our school is very proud to be an original member of the program, and be a student in a district that knows it always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to kids, and teachers health."

For further Information:

Robina Suwol, Executive Director - California Safe Schools www.calisafe.org  818-785-5515
Dr. Norm Issacs, Principal - Millikan Middle School - 818-788-5020

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