St. Charles High School Named 2022 Green School
The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) Maryland Green School Program recently named St. Charles High School as a 2022 Maryland Green School, one of 16 public schools in the county of Charles (CCPS) participating in the program. All CCPS green schools are supported by the Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Education Center, a Maryland Green Center.
According to MAEOE, the program provides K-12 students with educational opportunities that empower them to make changes to reduce environmental impacts, practice environmental stewardship, encourage sustainability, increase awareness of how their relationship with the environment ultimately affects public health and society, and promotes environmental literacy.
Last year, a few St. Charles students noticed an environmental deficiency in the school, brought it to the attention of current St. Charles Green Team Advisor, science teacher Maddalena Nesbit and have decided to start the process to obtain the Green School certification. “It became our goal to make the school more environmentally friendly,” Nesbit said. By achieving Green School certification, St. Charles is “committed to developing stewards of the earth and reducing the school’s environmental impact,” Nesbit said.
To gain certification, the school submitted an application that covered certain environmental goals and demonstrated homework in each of those goals. Some goals included curriculum and instruction, school-wide behavior change, student-centered sustainability practices, and community partnerships. Nesbit, Shelby Farrell, science teacher and Green Team Co-Advisor at St. Charles, and 10 student members made up the Green Team. The team demonstrated the environmental objectives through a series of projects. Some projects included planting a monarch butterfly garden in partnership with the La Plata Rotary Club and the Monarch Sister Schools program in Baltimore, and restarting the recycling club to educate staff and students about what to recycle. .
The student members of the St. Charles Green Team are:
· Carmen Rich, second year;
· Nyala Ross, senior;
· Norlynn Broadnax, second year;
· Serenity Shuff, freshman;
· London Ross, freshman;
· Asia White, freshman;
· Nia Gatling, sophomore;
· Alex Barry, freshman;
· DeRiah Denny, freshman; and
· Richardo Garret, freshman.
Green Schools will be recognized virtually on May 18 and in person on May 26 at the Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit at Sandy State Point Park.
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