Educators Travel Far to Witness MRH Sustainability in Action
The temperature warmed up just in time for MRH middle schoolers Noah Smelser, Kal Kolar, and Olivia Armstrong to usher their guests outside to the gardens.
The event was a long-planned visit by educators from across Missouri to study the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District's sustainability initiatives, including the Seed to Table programs, health and wellness policies, environmental education, and even the chicken coops and bee hives.
The tour was organized not long after MRH Middle School received a prestigious Green Ribbon Schools Award this year from the U.S. Department of Education. MRH Middle was noted for developing innovative programming surrounding the unique sustainability needs in an urban area. The school provides a rich curriculum that also integrates gardens, aquaponics, composting, and a rain garden.
Attendees at the fact-finding tour included the director of operations for the Park Hill, MO., school district, which is attempting to launch its own sustainability programs. The Missouri Environmental Education Association was also represented. That group helps school district develop green curricula and organize workshops for grant writing and certification.
The organizer of the tour, which included stops at the Parkway and Pattonville school districts, was the University of Missouri Partnership for Educational Renewal (MPER). MRH is a member agency of MPER.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.