The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Maryland Green Schools awards program recently named General Smallwood Middle School as a 2014 Maryland Green School. Smallwood completed a two-year application process earlier this school year to be certified as a Maryland Green School.
The application process requires schools to demonstrate and document a continuous effort to integrate sustainable best management practices, classroom integration of environmental issues, curriculum and instruction, professional development opportunities, conservation practices and evidence of existing community partnerships that help enhance environmental learning.
Smallwood joins nine other Charles County schools that are currently certified as Maryland Green Schools. Schools completing the re-certification process for 2014 are Gale-Bailey and J.C. Parks elementary schools, Milton M. Somers Middle School, and Thomas Stone and Westlake high schools. The Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center was also re-certified this year.
Additional Green Schools include Dr. James Craik, Indian Head and Arthur Middleton elementary schools, and Piccowaxen Middle School. Certified Green Schools and Centers are required to complete the re-certification process every four years.
Green Schools and Centers are recognized for using their sites to help students understand and act on environmental challenges in Maryland and model environmental practices in building and landscape design, and operation and maintenance. Green Schools and Centers are also recognized for building and maintaining partnerships with their local community to enhance environmental learning and to design programs to result in a healthier environment.
All Maryland schools receiving Green School certification for the first time, as well as schools achieving re-certification in 2014, will be recognized May 30 at the Maryland Green School Youth Summit at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Each school will receive a Green Schools flag, as well as a Governor’s Citation to recognize their achievements.
The Maryland Green Schools Program was founded in 1999 to foster a student-led integrated approach to authentic learning that incorporates local environmental issue investigation and teacher professional development with environmental best management practices and community stewardship. The program also supports schools in meeting the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) environmental literacy standards established through the Governor’s Partnership for Children in Nature.
For more information on the Green Schools program and application process, visit http://www.maeoe.org/.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
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