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February 7, 2017

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MRH Middle School is a 2017 “Missouri Green School”

Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School has been recognized as a Missouri Green School and has been nominated to the US Department of Education to be National Green School.  

Five Missouri schools have been recognized as Green Schools.

  • Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School   
  • Keysor Elementary  
  • McKelvey Elementary
  • Parkway North High School
  • Ray Miller Elementary

The press release is included below:

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools taking a comprehensive approach to greening their school. A comprehensive approach incorporates environmental learning with improving environmental and health impacts.

Becoming a U.S. Department of Education (US ED) Green Ribbon School is a two-step process. The first step is to complete a nomination form to be selected as a nominee by the eligible nominating authority in your state, in this case the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MO-DESE).

If your school has addressed any of the following environmentally conscious actions, then your school may be a candidate for Missouri’s Green Ribbon Schools program!  

  • improved its energy efficiency
  • reduced its water use
  • increased recycling
  • set up a Safe Routes to School program
  • serves healthy food in the cafeteria
  • provides health education in the curriculum
  • incorporates outdoor recreation in PE
  • teaches lessons about nature and sustainability
  • encourages teachers to get environmentally oriented professional development
  • partners with its community on sustainability issues

The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence, by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:

  • Reduce environmental impact and costs;
  • Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  • Provide environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.

Encouraging resource efficient schools, districts, and IHEs allows administrators to dedicate more resources to instruction rather than operational costs. Healthy schools and wellness practices ensure that all students learn in an environment conducive to achieving their full potential, free of the health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps. Sustainability education helps all students engage in hands-on learning, hone critical thinking and collaboration skills, learn many disciplines, and develop a solid foundation in STEM subjects. It motivates postsecondary students in many disciplines, and especially those underserved in STEM subjects, to persist and graduate with sought after degrees and robust civic skills.

“I believe this nomination represents the dedication of our entire school district from our ECC to our Elementary all the way through High School, to the commitment that we have to connecting students with nature. I am proud that we are continuously teaching kids about health and nutrition and taking care of our community and the world around us.The support that we receive from the community and the local businesses and individuals that are always there to help us improve everything that we are doing is greatly appreciated,” says Middle School Principal Michael Dittrich.

 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.