Schuylerville’s Green Ribbon School project receives recognition

GRS and district officials with the Board of EducationSchuylerville Central School District’s Green Ribbon School (GRS) Project has received national recognition from Green Ribbon Schools (www.greenribbonschools.org), a grassroots project based in Texas, which offers a web-based platform for recording and rewarding a school’s accomplishments in four cornerstone areas: natural classrooms, health and fitness, nature and adventure, and EcoCampus.

Schuylerville was one of just 25 schools nationwide to complete all of the necessary requirements to receive its Green Ribbon School designation for the 2013-14 school year.

A banner to recognize the GRS Team’s accomplishments was presented on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Schuylerville Board of Education meeting. It will be displayed in the elementary school.

“The banner is a reminder of the hard work these volunteers put in to help promote health in our students, school, community and environment we live in,” Superintendent Dr. Ryan Sherman said.

GRS was started four years ago when Schuylerville parent Cindy Wian proposed the program as a way to promote Hudson Crossing Park’s environmental mission in partnership with the school community.

“Our informal tagline is “Growing. Learning. Leading…it’s in our Nature!” and it reflects exactly the evolution we see this program experiencing as it moves from one of a few eager volunteers planting seeds to students, teachers, staff, families, and community members all stepping forward to learn and lead in exciting new ways,” Wian said.

The next step is for the district to apply to New York State to be nominated as one of the schools that is awarded the federal Green Ribbon School designation by the U.S. Department of Education.

GRS AWARDED GRANT

Also, on Nov. 17, Hudson Crossing Park was awarded a $3,000 grant for Schuylerville’s GRS Project. The award came from the Community/Land Preservation & Planning Fund of the Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region.

It is the second grant given by the Community Foundation to Hudson Crossing Park for the Green Ribbon School Project. This latest award will help fund professional development and incentives for teachers and staff who want to learn more about, and lead, GRS-aligned projects.