|June 11, 2012|
Radnor Middle School Formally Recognized as Green Ribbon School
First came the national recognition then came the celebration back home. It was quite a week for Radnor Middle School.
On June 4, principal Anthony Stevenson and Watershed teacher Jon Savitch represented RMS at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. There, senior Administration Officials, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, formally recognized the school and 77 others as Green Ribbon Schools.
"Green Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and deserve the spotlight for embodying strong examples of innovative learning and civic engagement," Duncan said in a news release.
Stevenson and Savitch then came back to Wayne to join Mike Walsh, Deputy Secretary for Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Education; Mike Weilbacher, executive director of The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education; special guest and former RMS principal Bill Laffey; Lori Braunstein, project director at the Delaware Valley Green Building Council; superintendent Dr. Linda Grobman; director of operations Leo Bernabei; Watershed teacher Banny Ackerman; and Watershed students for a June 5 recognition assembly in the RMS auditorium. Walsh commended RMS for its green efforts before conferring a plaque and banner that will be hung in the school.
Prior to the ceremony, Walsh also sat in on presentation given by Weilbacher and a colleague to Watershed students and visiting first-graders from Longstreth Elementary School in West Philadelphia. The kids got a chance to get a close look at animals being cared for in the Schuylkill Center's wildlife rehabilitation center.