Kent School Earns Green School Designation

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) is pleased to announce that Kent School, located in Chestertown, MD has been certified as a 2017 Maryland Green School. Maryland Green Schools are part of a national and international community of sustainable green schools.  Our students are becoming better stewards of our Earth’s resources and developing a better understanding of their own local environment.

The Maryland Green Schools program encourages educational opportunities for preK-12 schools that increase awareness and understanding of environmental relationships that impact public health and the local community. The program is aligned with Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement 2014 goals and supports Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements and standards.

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

Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School said, “I am so proud of the environmental literacy programs available to our students as well as our student-led environmental sustainability efforts. Kent School's unique location amidst a working farm on the bank of the Chester River, our teaching gardens and outdoors classrooms, and our signature Chesapeake Bay Studies program allow us to foster environmental literacy in our students in the classroom, on our campus and in the surrounding watershed. I am deeply grateful to the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education for this honor.” Kent School is one of only two schools in Kent County designated as a Green School. Kent County High School is the other school.

“Our state has one of the strongest Sustainable Schools programs in the Nation. Students, teachers, school personnel, parents and community partners work together to create a positive learning environment. Student actions are essential to becoming a Maryland Green School,” says Laura Johnson Collard, MAEOE Executive Director. “Schools that participate in the program save energy, reduce waste, conserve water, and create and restore habitat. More and more teachers are using the school grounds as an extension of the classroom; getting students outdoors is crucial for their connection with the environment.”

MAEOE will celebrate with Green Schools, Green Centers and schools that are interested in knowing more about the program at the Annual Maryland Green School Youth Summit on May 18, 2017, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit www.kentschool.org.  

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