Portland teacher receives conservation award

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PORTLAND — A city teacher has been recognized for his work helping students learn about conserving national resources.

Richard Johnson, a fifth-grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, 432 Stevens Ave., was named the 2015 Outstanding Educator by the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.

The award, which Johnson will receive Oct. 21 at the Flaherty Family Farm in Scarborough, recognizes “an educator in Cumberland County who has shown consistent dedication to teaching the importance of understanding and conserving our natural resources,” according to a press release from Portland Public Schools.

For the past two years, Johnson’s students have worked with the CCSWCD to learn about the Capisic Brook watershed and its importance to the environment. The students participated in the Youth YardScaping Program, where they learned how to take care of yards without having a negative impact on the watershed.

  • Conservation efforts are always worth celebrating! Great job, Mr. Johnson!