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October 10, 2013


Middle School Chosen as Runner Up for Green Thumb Challenge

Congratulations are in order for the Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School. They entered the Green Thumb Challenge sponsored by the Green Education Foundation and the Gardener’s Supply Company to win a grant. These two organizations teamed up and constructed an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects across the nation. MRH Middle School was selected as runner up in 2013’s Green Thumb Challenge Grant.

As a runner up, MRH Middle School received various gardening literature, reusable bags, and seed packets along with other assorted prizes.

The organizations called upon schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $1,000 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education.  With this goal in mind, GEF provides teachers and students with free curriculum and resources that connect science, technology, math, language arts and social studies education to the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems with the goal of challenging them to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.  

“I do not think that it would have even been possible to apply for this grant if it wasn’t for the outstanding groundwork from our gardener Melissa Reed-Parks and our two science teachers Scott McClintock and Bill Henske. They made this an amazing experience,” said Michael Dittrich Ed.S, Middle School Principal. “This is all so rewarding because I am observing that our students are realizing the potential of sustainability through this program.”

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