Two Public Charters Grow on Earth Day

Outdoor Classroom Ribbon Cutting & Earth Day Celebration at CAPCS Amos 2

Community Academy Public Charter School (CAPCS) celebrated Earth Day with a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new outdoor classroom at the CAPCS Amos 2 campus. Students and faculty were joined by parents and community members to enjoy the new space on a beautiful morning filled with sunshine and excitement. Students, teachers, and community members spent the morning exploring the new green space and planting strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe, lemon balm, and chives. Early childhood students got their hands dirty by learning how to dig holes, plant a variety of herbs, vegetables, and fruits, and water the new plants.

In addition to the garden section, the new space also includes a water area, a music and movement area, a messy materials area, a nature art area, and a building area. The series of mini-classrooms will provide the early childhood students at CAPCS Amos 2 with the opportunity to explore and learn about the natural world.
The impressive outdoor classroom was made possible by OSSE’s SOAR: Increasing Academic Quality grant, which aims to provide innovative funding to improve school performance and educational outcomes and increase the number of high-quality public charter school seats.

About Community Academy Public Charter School (CAPCS) Amos 2

The Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School Amos 2 campus is an early childhood campus located in Northeast, Washington DC serving children in preschool through Kindergarten. Like all CAPCS campuses, Amos 2 offers an extended day and extended year schedule.

Amos 2 is a Reggio Emilia-inspired campus which uses an art-infused, project-based approach to instruction. Children are encouraged to ask questions, solve problems and think creatively as they master basic concepts. The warm, supportive atmosphere helps children to grow socially, emotionally and cognitively. They develop positive attitudes toward school and learning that promote future academic success.

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Mundo Verde Public Charter School

Mundo Verde Public Charter School also celebrated Earth Day in style with a groundbreaking ceremony followed by hard-hat tours of their future building at 30 P Street NW. The building, which was previously the home of JF Cook Elementary School, will be the new home of Mundo Verde staff, teachers, and approximately 500 students in grades PreK-3 through 5th by the year 2016.

The building, which will strive to meet LEED Platinum criteria, will include expansive school gardens, an onsite kitchen for preparing healthy breakfasts and lunches, a 75,000 gallon water cistern for storm water reuse, and large windows that will let in plenty of natural light in order to save on electricity. Mundo Verde Public Charter School is one of five US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools in DC in DC and an OSSE School Garden Grant recipient.

New School Plans

The ceremony featured bi-lingual remarks from Mundo Verde staff, Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, and one passionate student from atop a stepladder. To commemorate the groundbreaking, students planted a garden to grow along with the new campus, which is made possible by funding from OSSE’s Public Charter School Financing and Support Program and the DC Revenue Bond Program.

About Mundo Verde

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning School and Washington D.C.’s first sustainability-focused public charter school. The school is dedicated to educating young people to become global stewards in an increasingly complex world. Mundo Verde aims to foster high levels of academic achievement among a diverse group of students by preparing them to be successful and compassionate global stewards of their communities.

Purposefully diverse and culturally inclusive, Mundo Verde opened in 2011 and will eventually serve students through 12th grade as part of the District of Columbia International School (DCI).

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