Patrick Henry Elementary Named a National Green Ribbon School, 2023
Earth Day, 2023 came with a very special announcement for the students, staff, and community members of Patrick Henry Elementary in St. Louis Public Schools: We have been named the first school in St. Louis City history to be a National Green Ribbon School!!! This is a national recognition that comes from the United States Department of Education, and it is a lifetime achievement award, meaning our school can only win it once and we will always be a National Green Ribbon School.
Patrick Henry won this recognition because of achievement in three categories:
Sustainability - We not only have to be a sustainable school building and system in our community, but we also have to educate our students on sustainability practices that they can take with them into their futures.
Environmentalism - We have to reduce harmful practices to our environment and change the way our school runs through internal and external improvements and environmentally-sound practices in our utilities, buildings and grounds practices, and school practices.
Healthy Initiatives - We have to provide the healthiest school community for our students, staff, families, and neighbors both for physical and mental well-being.
Take a look below at Secretary of Education Cardona's explanation of what it means to be a National Green Ribbon School!
History of the Green Ribbon School Award
Since 2012, only 16 schools and 2 school districts have been awarded the National Green Ribbon School recogition from the state of Missouri. A few fun facts:
Patrick Henry is the 19th school from Missouri to ever win this award
Patrick Henry is the only school to win this award from the state of Missouri in 2023
Patrick Henry is the first school in St. Louis City to ever win the award
Patrick Henry is the first urban school from the state of Missouri to ever win this award
In 2023, only 41 schools or districts won this award across the entire country, and Patrick Henry is one of them!
For more information on how Patrick Henry earned the National Green Ribbon Award, click the link below:
For more information on how Patrick Henry celebrated the National Green Ribbon Award with a visit from St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, click the link below or watch the video below for highlights from our celebration: