[Province of Saint Louise – USA] The Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) has re-certified Mother Seton School as a 2014 Maryland Green School. Over the past two years, our school has demonstrated and documented a continuous effort to integrate sustainable best management practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development opportunities, and community engagement into our daily operations. This certification signifies that our school has made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing the environmental impact of our school.
The Maryland Green Schools Program (MDGS), an award winning program founded in 1999, was designed 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. MSS is one of only 13 schools in Maryland to receive re-certification.
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.
As part of MSS’s commitment to being a Green School, the entire school participated in various environmental projects on April 25th to celebrate Earth Day. The school community came together to weed the outdoor gardens, plant seeds, and clean up the grounds. Students in grades three through five contributed to an Earth Day art display, while others performed experiments to learn how trash and pollution negatively affect our surroundings.
MAEOE will celebrate with Green Schools, Green Centers and schools interested in knowing more about the program at the Maryland Green School Youth Summit on May 30, 2014, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.
About Mother Seton School
Mother Seton School is an independent Catholic Pre-K through Grade 8 school, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, approved by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and is accredited by AdvancEd. For families seeking excellent academics and strong values, Mother Seton School is an affordable option that is easily accessible by bus from many locations in the area. For detailed admissions information, please visit mothersetonschool.org