The U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday that Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) Middle School in Maplewood, Missouri is among three schools in Missouri to be honored as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.
MRH was noted for its innovative programming and learning surrounding the unique sustainability needs in an urban area. The school’s curriculum integrates gardens, aquaponics, chickens, beehives, composting and a rain garden. The core of their work is a belief that sustainable schools and communities provide all members the greatest opportunities for success.
Middle School Principal Michael Dittrich said, “This honor is due in large part to work not just at the Middle School, but the dedication of our entire district and community that realizes the importance of healthy initiatives, outdoor education, and inspirational green spaces.” (See the announcement from MRH.)
MRH Middle is among 45 schools, nine districts, and nine post-secondary schools nationwide being honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
The two other Missouri Green Ribbon Schools for 2017 are McKelvey Elementary in Maryland Heights and Parkway North High School.