Harambee Elementary selected as Minnesota nominee for Green Ribbon School

Harambee Elementary School in Maplewood, part of the Roseville Area School District, is in the running to be named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Green Ribbon schools demonstrate significant achievement in three key areas: reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental education.

“The Harambee community is thrilled to represent Minnesota as a nominee for the Green Ribbon Schools Award,” said principal Kathy Griebel.

Harambee Elementary is magnet school surrounded by 28 acres of woods, wetlands and prairie with a focus on environmental sciences and community cultures. These subjects are integrated into Harambee’s curriculum by classroom teachers, but are also offered as specialty classes. Students participate in these classes much like other more traditional school specialties, such as music, physical education and art.

Recently, Harambee students have been studying monarch butterflies, learning about their migration patterns, creating monarch-inspired art and collecting milkweed seeds to create a butterfly garden. The students have also studied wetlands, ornithology and a number of other environmental topics.

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School award recipients will be announced on April 22. The award ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C. on July 22.

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