The Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education recently awarded Myersville Elementary 2017 Maryland Green School status. To achieve Green School certification, the school has demonstrated continuous effort to integrate sustainable environmental practices, environmental education curriculum, professional development and community engagement in the culture of the school. According to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), this certification signifies that the school has made a commitment to developing stewards of the earth and reducing environmental impact.
Myersville Elementary is the only public school in Frederick County that is Green School certified for 2017. Principal Kathy Swire commends first-grade teacher Michelle Carpenter and fifth-grade teacher Melissa Hargreaves for their work preparing Myersville’s application for Green School recognition. The Maryland Green Schools Program is a nationally recognized program begun in 1999.
MSDE Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon says, “Our state has been at the leading edge in its commitment to environmental learning and practices that will sustain our world for future generations. We congratulate the 2017 Maryland Green Schools for all their great work to strengthen environmental education and green practices.”
For more information about local schools and environmental education, FCPS Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Curriculum Specialist Kim Day invites the public to the first annual FCPS Environmental Expo, Saturday, May 6, from 11-2, at Tuscarora High School. The expo will provide opportunities to learn exciting ways kids of all ages can become stewards of the environment, hear about environmental literacy in local schools and get information from community groups about environmental resources.