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May 4, 2017


U.S. Sec of Educ Names MRH MS a 2017 U.S. Dept of Educ Green Ribbon School

US Department of Education 2017 Green Ribbon SchoolThe U.S. Department of Education announced today that Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) Middle School in Maplewood, Missouri is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees.


MRH Middle School was nominated by the Missouri Green Schools program which recognized the school as a “Missouri Green School.” MRH was noted for its leading initiatives in developing innovative programming and learning surrounding the unique sustainability needs in an urban area. The school provides a rich curriculum that integrates gardens, aquaponics, urban chickens, beehives, composting, and a rain garden. At the core of their work is a belief that sustainable schools and communities provide all members the greatest opportunities for success.


“The Middle School teachers and staff have been innovators by integrating green practices into a deep and robust curriculum which includes our ‘school as expedition’ metaphor,” said MRH Principal Michael Dittrich. “Still, this honor is due in large part to work not just at the Middle School, but to the dedication of our entire district and community that realizes the importance of healthy initiatives, outdoor education, and inspirational green spaces.”


“This is a tremendous honor for our Middle School, our district, and our community,” said MRH Superintendent Karen I. Hall.  “The work being done in the Middle School, and in all our schools, exemplifies our district cornerstones of leadership, scholarship, stewardship, and citizenship.”


“MRH has always been, and will always be, committed to sustainable practices in all aspects of the district—education, families, food, facilities, the ecosystem, and the community,” added Hall.


Across the country, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.


The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The selectees include 39 public schools, including five magnet schools and one charter school, as well as six nonpublic schools. Forty-four percent of the 2017 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body and 14 percent are rural. The postsecondary honorees include three career and technical and community colleges.


The two other Missouri Green Ribbon Schools for 2017 are McKelvey Elementary School in Maryland Heights, and Parkway North High School in St. Louis. Only two other schools have received this award in the past: Crossroads College Preparatory School

and The College School.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 63 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

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