In May of 2016, a Philadelphia-based, nonprofit group honored Jefferson Elementary School for its energy-saving efforts.
Jefferson was one of three schools in Pennsylvania to receive a Moving to the Head of the Class: Energy Efficient Schools Award. The award, offered by the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Energy Education Fund, recognizes schools that reduced energy consumption by at least 5 percent in the last year.
Along with launching a campaign to turn off computers at night and lights in unoccupied rooms, the district updated lighting and adjusted heating and air conditioning systems. North Pocono also created an energy policy with guidelines such as keeping windows and doors closed when heating or air conditioning is on and when to preheat the ovens in the cafeterias. The district worked with PPL Electric Utilities to find the savings. For the efforts, PPL awarded $50,000 in grants to the district.