The caliber of work being done in Palm Beach County to establish ‘green schools’ is astronomical; principal, Dr. Voncia Haywood (see photo on left), her faculty and staff along with parent and community involvement at South Intensive Transition School are leading students of a special calling to beautify and maintain the earth and all surroundings in the atmosphere for now and generations to come. The achievements being made are overwhelmingly joyful as it counteracts all loom and gloom projections, denials and even fabrications about the state of our environment.
We always hear high profile economist and politicians addressing the state of our economy, but what about the state of our environment? When one reasonably and logically thinks on these two issues it should be seen that they go hand in hand in order to be prosperous and be bountiful in our pockets and our pocketbooks.
South Intensive Transition School has received the Green School of Promise designation two years in a row by the Green Schools Recognition Program (GSRC) for its steps to improving sustainability. The program serves to encourage cultures of sustainability within school communities and recognizes K-12 public and private schools that have made strides in:
- Using the outdoors as a learning environment and enhancing the ecological integrity of those areas.
- Demonstrating the conservation of energy and water, and promoting the reduction of solid waste generation.
- Integrating curriculum that will prepare students to understand and act on current and future environmental changes facing South Florida.
- Promoting community involvement and fostering an awareness of local environmental issues.
- Providing professional development and creating a school philosophy and culture that embraces sustainability.
“I am helping to save the Earth and environment so that we will have a better place to live. I feel that I’m making a difference by being a part of the Green Team,” stated 8th Grader Brian Bureau.
The GSRC is an initiative of Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center and is funded by a grant given by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Community sponsors include Solid Waste Authority and Audubon Society of the Everglades. Additional community support comes from area businesses and organizations who participate as judges.
“Our school has a green culture that engages students in experiential outdoor learning that infuse reading, mathematics, science and writing that helps students generate and test hypotheses, interact, practice and deepen new knowledge. We support students and staff to be environmentally sensitive,” said Terrence Narinesingh, Ed.S, Assistant Principal.
South Intensive Transition has made great strides toward becoming one of the premier Green Schools in Palm Beach County. From designing and building raised bed gardens where we grow produce for our students, to partnering with a multitude of community organizations who assist our students and families, and fostering a deep sense of community between administration, staff and students, our school is the embodiment of a Green School.
(See list below of green school accomplishments by South Intensive Transition School in Palm Beach County, FL)
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Apr. 2014