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Cleanest high school campuses in Tutuila

Source: American Samoa Coastal Management Program

While there are academic competitions and sports which respectively highlight the importance of education and health inside the classroom and on the football fields, basketball, and volley ball courts, local high schools have been engaged in a different competition which highlights environmental health through the value and pride that comes with having a clean school environment — from inside the classroom and other school facilities, to outside the surrounding campus grounds.

Nuuuli Vocational Technical High School and South Pacific Academy have been ranked as the cleanest high school campuses in American Samoa through the Department of Commerce “Cleanest High School Campus Challenge” — an effort launched during the 2016 Coastweeks Celebration to instill the value of coastal stewardship in local public and private high schools.

The challenge began in October 2016 and ended early January 2017 with participation from public and private high schools.

Participating high schools were separated into a Public High School Category and Private High School Category and competed in the following categories: Cleanest Outside Environment, Cleanest Classrooms, Cleanest Restrooms, Cleanest Gymnasium, Cleanest Cafeteria, and Best Recycler.

Although some high schools opted out of certain categories, all participated in competing for the Cleanest Outside Environment.

The cleanliness of each category was evaluated using photos and a rubric scoring system provided to schools at the beginning of the challenge. The following results are based on the monthly campus evaluations conducted by ASCMP staff:

Cleanest Environment for Public – Nuuuli Vocational Technical High School

Cleanest for Private School – South Pacific Academy

Cleanest Classrooms for Public – Tafuna High School

Cleanest Classrooms for Private- Pacific Horizon School

Cleanest Restrooms for Public – Fagaitua High School

Cleanest Restrooms for Private – Manumalo Baptist Academy

Cleanest Cafeteria for Public – Tafuna High School

Cleanest Cafeteria for Private – South Pacific Academy

Cleanest Gymnasium for Public – Tafuna High School

Cleanest Gym for Private – South Pacific Academy

All category winners will be provided equipment and supplies to assist them with maintaining the cleanliness of the category areas. Equipment and supplies include outdoor and indoor trash bins, trash bags, rakes, mop sets, and other landscaping and cleaning supplies.

ASCMP plans to continue this effort in the future and encourages high schools to take pride in a clean campus and continue to keep their campuses clean, inside and outside of the classroom.