Mary Hooker Magnet Named U.S. ‘Green Ribbon’ School

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The Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker is one of three Connecticut schools — and among 64 nationwide — that were named 2013 U.S. Green Ribbon Schools for their focus on sustainability and energy conservation.

Mary Hooker Principal Peter Dart said students and staff learned of the award this morning. Classrooms tuned into a live, streaming video announcement from U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan that they watched on their SMART Boards.

There was a huge applause and high-fiving and hugging,” Dart said.

Dart and a couple of teachers plan to travel to Washington, D.C., on June 1 to accept the award.  This is the second year that the U.S. Department of Education has honored “green” schools.

Mary Hooker, which has about 600 students in prekindergarten to eighth grade, was certified in 2011 as a LEED platinum building, “the highest national rating for eco-friendly buildings and the first public school in the state awarded the distinction.” More on that here, including the school’s waterfall and pond, butterfly vivarium and greenhouse.

The other two Connecticut schools honored today are in New Haven: Common Ground High School and Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School.

Mary Hooker first-graders recently collected and counted pill bugs as they learn about insects and life cycles. Photo courtesy of Mary Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School.

Mary Hooker first-graders recently collected and counted pill bugs at school as they learn about insects and life cycles. Photo courtesy of Mary Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School.

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One thought on “Mary Hooker Magnet Named U.S. ‘Green Ribbon’ School

  1. Robbin Henry Lacey

    I was a first-grader at Mary Hooker school almost 50 years ago. I am so proud of the school’s status as a “Green Ribbon” school and extremely proud of the students. I still remember my teachers – Mrs. Skelly and Mrs. Trudeau. My recording of the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a Dream” speech was played each year while I was a student at Mary Hooker in the mid to late 60′s.

    Robbin Henry – proud former Mary Hooker Student

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