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March 12, 2015


MRH Staff Attends Green Schools Conference

Members of the MRH Middle School staff presented at the National Green Schools Conference in early March. Michael Dittrich (Principal), Bill Henske(Science Teacher), Melissa Breed-Parks(Gardener), and Irene Wan (Food Service Manager) made up the panel that represented Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. They shared with the conference attendees their experiences with integrating gardens, bees, aquaponics and chickens into the general curriculum at MRH.

The four-day conference, which was held in Virginia Beach, included a broad range of topics pertaining to outdoor learning and sustainability. There were exhibits, presentations and group discussions to help the participants learn as much as possible from other professionals in their field. 

The Green Schools National Network works with educators, government and non-governmental organizations and agencies, as well as private partners to create broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.

“This was a learning experience for everybody involved. I am proud of my group for presenting and sharing stories of MRH with audiences from all over the United States. They did an excellent job and we brought home a lot of useful information and resources. The Executive Director of Green Schools even complimented MRH by saying we are a model school that others should look to for an example when going green” says Dittrich. 

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