As the days shorten and we near the completion of the first quarter of our school year, our students, teachers, administrators and parents are focused on keeping our schools and our community places for which we’re thankful. To that end, the district is collaborating with Sustainable Cherry Hill and Cherry Hill Township to build upon the Board of Education’s Education for Sustainability resolution, passed in November 2012.
The resolution sets up the framework for students, teachers and school systems to learn and develop new ideas to live in a smarter, more environmentally conscious way. This promotes not only responsible citizenship and better economic footing, but also a system for restoring and maintaining the health of the living systems on which we all depend.
Through the past year, volunteers from our schools and the community rolled up their sleeves and got to work on September 28 as part of the Green Apple Day of Service. They were among thousands of people from all 50 states and 30 countries who worked on projects to transform all schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning environments. Projects in the Cherry Hill Schools ranged from cleaning up school grounds to crafting a sculpture from waste wood to creating a community garden. You can see a list of all of our schools’ projects HERE.
Our work extends far beyond that one-day commitment. Throughout the fall, volunteers have been working on environmental improvements around our schools. Our Green Team, a diverse group of about 35 teachers, administrators, students, parents, members of the mayor’s office, and sustainable Cherry Hill - under the guidance of Jaimie Cloud, founder and president of The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education - started work on October 3 on a sustainability plan to take us into the future. That plan will be in place by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
This is an exciting time for the Cherry Hill Schools and the Cherry Hill community. My sincere thanks to all who have contributed their time, labor and ideas to our goal of sustainability. And if you haven’t yet become involved in any of our projects, we welcome you to join us.
Maureen Reusche, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools