Education Department Official to Visit Missouri as part of Annual Green Strides Tour - "Living School Grounds"

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Education Department Official to Visit Missouri as part of Annual Green Strides Tour - "Living School Grounds"

Andrea Falken, director of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, will visit St. Louis-area schools Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 24-25, as part of the Education Department's fifth annual Green Strides Tour.

"Living School Grounds" is the theme of this year's tour and will highlight how schools can use their green schoolyards – gardens, habitats, nature trails and wetlands – to engage not only with science, math, nutrition and agriculture, but also art, literature and social studies.

Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Frank Brogan announced this year's tour at an annual ceremony in September honoring the 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools in Washington, D.C.

The St. Louis-area events will include visits to school buildings and grounds, conversations with students and teachers regarding environmental education and project-based learning, and discussions with key facilities and health staff.

Roger Dorson, acting commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, will participate in the tour on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Stacey Preis will join the activities on Thursday.

Previous Green Strides Tours have included such areas as Alabama, Georgia, New England, New York and New Jersey, California, Oregon and Washington, Wisconsin, Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, Palm Beach and Broward, Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, Prior Lake Savage and Waconia, Minnesota and Maryland.

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees are recognized for reducing their environmental impact, including energy use, waste and water; creating healthy learning environments and fostering wellness practices; and providing effective environmental education that prepares students to succeed in the 21st century.

For more information on the program, click here. Resources for schools to meet the criteria for the award can be found here.

Who :

Andrea Falken, director of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

What :

Fifth annual Green Strides Tour occurring this year in Missouri

When :

Wednesday, October 24

8:30-10 a.m. – Bellerive Elementary School, 620 Rue de Fleur Dr., Creve Coeur, Missouri.

10:15-11:15 a.m. – McKelvey Elementary School, 1751 McKelvey Rd., Maryland Heights, Missouri.

Noon-1 p.m. – Green Trails Elementary School, 170 Portico Dr., Chesterfield, Missouri.

1:30-2:30 p.m. – The College School, 7825 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri.

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. – Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, 7539 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, Missouri.

4-6 p.m. – Reception and Tree Climbing, 7539 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, Missouri.

Thursday, October 25
8:45-9:45 a.m. – W.W. Keysor Elementary, 725 N Geyer Rd., Kirkwood, Missouri.

10:15-11:15 a.m. – St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, Missouri.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Crossroads College Preparatory School, 500 DeBaliviere Ave., St. Louis, Missouri.

1:30-2:45 p.m. – Parkway North High School, 12860 Fee Fee Rd., St. Louis, Missouri.

Where :

St. Louis-area schools

REGISTRATION:
Reporters and the public wishing to attend the tour events may register here.