Ford Elementary School’s dedication to environmental instruction has netted the school a win in the “Green YOUR School Competition” run by the High Performance Healthy Schools organization. Ford took top spot in the Elementary contest, winning the designation and $200 for continued environmental work ‘greening’ the school. The entry was a collaborative effort between Advanced Learning Program (ALP/Target) teachers and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers on campus. K-12 Supervisor, ALP, Sarah Kessel says “Ford Elementary continues to impress with its dedication to high-level learning and environmental awareness. They deserve this recognition. The students were incredible.”
Ford’s dedication to outdoor and environmental learning is longstanding. Ford ES is a nationally recognized Green Ribbon School as well as an original partner in the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership (GAPP). This year, Ford was mentioned in the winning entry of the Forest Service 2015 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Award for Urban Communities in Conservation. In addition, Ford is well-known by Cobb teachers and community members for its Learning Garden Conferences, which have reached more than 400 teachers and administrators. The greatly admired garden program at Ford is the model used by the Captain Planet Foundation and Greening Youth Foundation for the gardens those organizations have developed in the Atlanta area and has been featured in the PBS program Growing a Greener World and highlighted in Herb Broda’s book Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action.