Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
Green Ribbon Schools (greenribbonschools.org), a reward and recognition program for K-12 students, recognized 63 schools in 13 states and Guam for achieving the online community’s highest level of participation during the 2011-2012 school year. The 2012-2013 program – open to all schools free of charge – features an enhanced website that help teachers use nature, health and fitness, and STEM activities to enrich and extend students’ education. STEM skills teach kids about – and how to apply -- science, technology, engineering and math.
The schools recognized for their 2011-2012 leadership published at least four projects around green building, recycling, conservation, the outdoors, health, nutrition and fitness. Winners included:
- Doss Elementary School in Austin, Texas, spent three days camping and learning about nature, tying what they were taught with required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curricula. Coursework included a climbing wall, problem solving, soil composition, archery. (Shannon Sherwood, teacher)
- St. Mary’s City School in an isolated Alaskan village learned about alternative energy use; wrote about subsistence moose hunting, and learned the role of hunting and trapping in their cultural history. (Woody Woodgate, teacher)
- Commander William C. McCool School in Guam learned about a local limestone forest and wetlands by meeting with a scientist, building observation areas and posting their findings in a school hallway dedicated to the project. (Debora Moore, teacher)
- Meiners Oaks School in Ojai, Calif. developed an educational campaign (public announcements, websites, newsletter, raps, and poems) that motivated the entire student body to create an “eco-campus” with daily campus-wide activities (saving electricity, “green” commuting, recycling). The school celebrated achieving its goal with a final assembly that included a concert, student art and skits. (Janis Duncan, teacher)
The updated website engages participants with user-rich features that include a:
- Community section where students, teachers and parents can share ideas, experiences and information
- Social design, for comments and the ability to “like” projects
- Easy publishing process to encourage students to post their projects
Green Ribbon Schools is challenging the 648 elementary, middle and high schools in its 40-state community to create a “Greenprint” for 2012-2013 and become success stories.
The national “Green Ribbon Schools” recognition and award program is collaboration among organizations committed to helping children develop their full potential by connecting with the wonders of nature. Sponsors include the AMD Foundation, the Brown Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas and individual contributors. The program includes the Healthivores® contest to promote healthier lifestyles.