Third grader tells legislators about his green school

Want to know more about the green elements of Ferguson Elementary School in York? Ethan Manzi can help you out.

Ethan, a third grader at Ferguson, traveled to Harrisburg with school officials last week to talk to state legislators and others about the school’s green elements. It was advocacy day, and several “green” schools had information displayed in the rotunda, according to information posted at the U.S. Green Building Council of Central Pennsylvania website.

York City School Board member Michael Milller, Ferguson Elementary School third-grader Ethan Manzi, and state Rep. Eugene DePasquale at advocacy day in Harrisburg, where Ethan told people about the green elements of his school. Photo from the U.S. Green Building Council, Central Pennsylvania.

Ethan gave a presentation to the school board last night, too, telling everyone about the school’s waste-free kitchen, green roof, geothermal heating system and more. He talked about visiting Harrisburg and getting to watch House Bill 193 (about green building) being passed.

“It was a fun day, and it felt great to be a part of something so big,” he told the board.

Ethan got lots of applause from the school board audience, and board member Michael Miller, who was on the trip to Harrisburg, said people walked right up and talked to Ethan about his school.

“He didn’t have a canned response,” Miller said. “He told them what he knew.”

Miller said York officials ended up with a lot more time with representatives because of Ethan.

Ferguson Elementary, which opened in 2010, recently received LEED platinum certification, becoming the first elementary school in the state to receive the designation.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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