We are proud to announce that Caddo Magnet High School has been honored as a 2022 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
Across the United States, 27 schools are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Caddo Magnet High is one of three Louisiana schools to receive this honor this year.
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona stated, “This year’s U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honorees have raised the bar for sustainability, healthy and safe school environments, and hands-on learning experiences that connect students of all ages to the world around them.”
At Magnet, the Greens Club, sponsored by Mrs Procell, works on- and off-campus to spearhead environmental service and stewardship. Our school is designated as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Schoolyard Habitat, and a Monarch Butterfly Waystation.
We are so proud of the strides our school is taking toward environmental sustainability, and we look forward to accomplishing even more in the future!
Pictured: Victor Mainiero, Dionne Procell, Dottie Bell, Dr. T. Lamar Goree, Ashini Modi, Keith Burton, RJ Middleton
From the 2022 US Department of Education Green Ribbon Highlights
“At Caddo Parish Magnet High School (Caddo), student green and interact clubs spearhead environmental service and stewardship, including participation in national convenings, education about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a monthly blog, composting, and cleanup days. Through partnerships with the Louisiana Water Environment Association, Caddo students identify ways to solve water problems. Annually, students engage in Envirothon, a state natural resources agency sponsored event, to demonstrate their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. Students use the nearby Coates Bluff Nature Trail and Red River National Wildlife Trail systems for physical activity and grow and harvest produce in the adjoining community garden for use in the
cafeteria and neighboring communities. The original 1964 campus buildings have received efficiency upgrades over time, including new thermostats, HVAC systems, and roofs, and the school participates inCenergistic’s energy savings plan. Students Caddo Parish Magnet High School students engage in the school’s energy conservation participate in local trash cleanups and water efforts through programs and activities in Advanced Placement Environmental Science and Greens Club. Water quality monitoring and grounds efforts include student research and construction of stormwater retention areas; the installation of a greenhouse, rain barrels, raised beds, and water bottle filling stations; student water quality monitoring and storm drain marking; and the designation of a National Wildlife Federation Certified Schoolyard Habitat and Monarch Butterfly Waystation. Student landscaping committee members built wire composting bins. The principal picks up coffee grinds from a local Caddo alumna-owned coffee shop, and student volunteers mix shredded paper and coffee grounds to compost. Caddo has a long tradition of hosting “stress relief” picnics every semester during the school day. Extracurricular offerings, from service and stewardship and yoga in the courtyard to knitting club, provide other outlets to relieve student stress.”