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Outstanding School Pest Control Programs To Be Recognized
Thirteen public school systems from across North Carolina will be recognized for their pest control efforts during an event Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Raleigh.
A school integrated pest management recognition ceremony sponsored by North Carolina State University's Integrated Pest Management Program is scheduled for 1 – 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel – Raleigh-Durham Airport, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard.
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a proactive and common-sense approach to pest control that dramatically reduces the risk of exposure to pesticides for students, teachers and staff in public schools. Instead of using chemicals that can endanger small children, IPM employs prevention techniques such as routine facility inspections, followed by sanitation, building repairs and maintenance to make schools unfavorable to pests. Last year, 21 North Carolina school districts were honored for their efforts to implement IPM.
The Integrated Pest Management Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State has been working with school districts to assist with IPM adoption. State agencies, professional associations, local schools and community groups also support the effort. Last June, the state legislature passed the School Children's Health Act that requires school districts to implement IPM programs.
Following are school systems be recognized at the Oct. 18 ceremony, as well as the award categories:
Recognition for efforts to implement new IPM programs
Cabarrus County Schools
Davidson County Schools
Gates County Schools
Harnett County Schools
Moore County Schools
Person County Schools
Sampson County Schools
Swain County Schools
Award for Implementing IPM programs
Beaufort County Schools
Cumberland C ounty Schools
Durham Public Schools
Northampton County Schools
Award for Leading IPM programs
Orange County Schools
Dr. Thomas Green, co-founder of the IPM Institute of North America in Madison, Wisconsin, will give the keynote address for the ceremony, while representatives from
the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, N.C. State University, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Agricultural Resources Center, N.C. Public School Maintenance Association and the N.C. School Boards Association are expected to attend.
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