“This is such an honor for the JWES community,” commented JWES principal David Burchfield. “An emphasis on environmental education and stewardship has become a part of our culture. It is now expected. Because of instructional programs like Virginia Naturally, science achievement at our school is very strong.”
In the late 1990′s, JWES formed a partnership with the Town of Bridgewater to help rebuild Wildwood Park after the devastating floods of 1996. In the year 2000, a “Quilt Garden,” designed by a student, was established at the front of the school to host native Virginia plants and wildflowers. At least a dozen other environmental education initiatives and programs have grown at JWES over the years and have become a part of children’s experience as they move through the grades. The goal is to develop citizens who will become stewards of the community and world in which they live.
JWES was recently notified that to celebrate its 15th year as a Virginia Naturally School, the Virginia DGIF will be presenting the school with a painting of a Jaguar, the school’s mascot.