State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced last week that New York State has nominated Rye Country Day and three others for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) program.
The program recognizes where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the environmental literacy of graduates. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide goal to increase energy independence and economic security.
Read about Rye Country Day's efforts to produce sustainable environments in their winter newsletter here.
The other schools nominated were Crompond School in Yorktown; Hubert Humphrey PS 057 in Staten Island and Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua.
Winners of the ED-GRS program will be announced by Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, 2013.