Christ Episcopal School was the first independent school in Montgomery County, Maryland to be named a Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Today, CES continues to be a “Green Leader” among schools in the state. Recently, CES was presented with the 2012 Excellence in Recycling Award by the Montgomery County, Maryland Division of Solid Waste Services. In addition, CES has expanded its outreach throughout the greater Washington area community through a partnership with the renewable energy provider, Clean Currents, in an effort to encourage households to switch to wind power. CES was also a co-sponsor of the showing of the film Cape Spin at the 2012 DC Environmental Film Festival.
The school’s administration and faculty have successfully built a curriculum that develops students as good stewards of the environment. The children enjoy getting dirty and exploring in the CES outdoor classroom and garden. The garden is a way for children to discover life and connect with nature.
CES held a family garden day during which students and their parents spent time working together in the CES garden.
As a lead in to the school-wide Earth Week celebration, the sixth grade science class members created a video about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. The video was shown to the entire student body during a morning chapel assembly.
The CES Green School Committee sponsored reducing, reusing, and recycling contests during Earth Week and throughout the month of April and also encouraged all students to explore the school garden. Students planned how their class would contribute to the garden and worked to accomplish their tasks.
Daily chapel was held in the garden to help the students make the links between faith and stewardship of the Earth. In addition, the CES Chaplain crafted special chapel sermons focused on celebrating God’s gifts in the environment and exploring Christian lessons about how best to nurture these blessings.
- CES developed a video to help in its community outreach efforts to expand education on renewable energy. CES students, faculty, and administrators were featured in the video emphasizing their support of environmental initiatives that incorporate renewable energy.