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Six EL Education Schools Receive 2016 Green Ribbon Honors

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    Alexis Margolin

Today, in celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Capital City Public Charter School and the City Schools of Decatur, GA that includes five EL Education schools were named 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Honorees.

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The five K-5 EL Education schools that are part of the City Schools of Decatur are: Clairemont Elementary, Glennwood Elementary, and Oakhurst Elementary, Westchester Elementary and Winnona Park Elementary.

As the only school in Washington, DC to receive this year's distinction, the Capital City Crew is thrilled to be recognized for such an important tenet.

"This is an exciting recognition," says Head of School Karen Dresden. "It fits with our values of educating the whole child and providing a healthy environment for students and staff."

In its application to be a Green Ribbon School honoree, the City Schools of Decatur (CSD) remarked: "Our Expeditionary Learning (EL Education) Curriculum provides City Schools of Decatur students in grades K-5 an opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary experiential education opportunities. Expeditionary Learning (EL Education) design principles provide all CSD students the framework to develop a direct and respectful relationship with the natural world and teach the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect."

With this recognition, Capital City and the City Schools of Decatur join past Green Ribbon recipients and members of the EL Education network: The Greene School, Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, and Evergreen Community Charter School.

Read more about what it means to be a Green Ribbon School here.