78 schools in the United States have been saluted with recognition from the U.S. Department of Education for their efforts in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security.  Two schools along the Jersey Shore have earned "Green Ribbon" status.

The Alder Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township and Midtown Community Elementary School in Neptune were named on Monday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  Duncan said in a press release "We discovered that these schools are engaging in some of the most innovative school reforms anywhere.  These approaches are enabling the schools to reduce their environmental impact and costs; improve student health; and ensure that graduates are prepared to face the great challenges of the 21st century.”

EHT schools Superintendent Scott McCartney was quoted by The Press of Atlantic City, "This is a proud moment for the school, its staff and the entire district.  This validates what we’ve been doing across the district.”

Congratulations to both schools for this honor and recognition by the government.