St. John Regional Catholic School designated a Maryland Green School

From left, back row, are Melissa Gallagher, teacher; Ian Kadel; William Gouker; Francesca Rosone; Lexi Stewart; Thomas Frazier; Paul Fer, assistant principal; and Harper Warner; front row are Barbara Kyle, teacher; Alanna Vidal; Triston Barzey; Ethan Madraymootoo; Elizabeth Holt; Ben Elpas and Sophia Parkins.

The Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education has announced that St. John Regional Catholic School has been certified as a 2014 Maryland Green School.

Over the past two years, the school has demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate sustainable best management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities and community engagement into daily operations. This certification signifies that the school has made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing the environmental impact of our school.

The Maryland Green Schools Program, a program founded in 1999, was designed to foster a student-led integrated approach to learning that incorporates local environmental issue investigation and teacher professional development with environmental best management practices and community stewardship.

This year, more than 100 schools have been certified Maryland Green Schools, including 45 new schools, 43 first recertification schools, 13 second recertification schools and two sustained schools.

MDGS plays a key role in helping schools meet the Maryland State Department of Education’s environmental literacy standards established through the Governor’s Partnership for Children in Nature.

The program is a method of improving environmental literacy for students and a tool for catalyzing change within the community as envisioned in Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights.

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