MRH Middle Hosts VIPs from Federal Green Schools Agency
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School was proud to host state and federal officials Wednesday as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools “Green Strides” tour. MRH Middle was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School in 2017 for its efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs; improve health and wellness; and teach environmental education.
The visit was an outreach initiative to showcase practices and resources in the areas of safe, healthy and sustainable school environments; nutrition and outdoors physical activity; and environmental education. As part of its Green Strides outreach, the Department conducts an annual tour of past honorees. This year, the Green Strides Tour reached its twentieth state, Missouri.
MRH Middle was lauded for its particular attention to how schools can use their grounds to include gardens, habitats, and trails to engage with not only science, math, nutrition and agriculture, but also art, literature and social studies. Through their hands-on, project-based learning, and citizen science on school grounds, students also discover the joys of physical activity in the outdoors, as well as the benefits of nutritious, school-garden grown produce.
The use of green schoolyards, along with other sustainable infrastructure and practices, helps students deepen their understanding of the natural world and their connection to it, fostering stewardship values that will permit them to preserve our nation’s most precious resources for years to come.
The Education Department visitors got a chance to scale MRH’s giant Red Oak tree, nicknamed Oscar, an activity which is built directly into the middle school’s curriculum. They also sampled pizza cooked in a brick oven built into the middle of a garden.
For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.