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Kirkwood School District Schools Compete in 17th Annual Green Schools Quest

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)-Missouri Gateway Chapter challenged public and private schools within the chapter’s territory (Missouri and Southern Illinois) to devise and implement, with the help of Green Mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools. This year’s theme was “Biodiversity” and 3,253 students from 65 schools competed in the 17th annual Green Schools Quest.


The Kirkwood School District had five schools submit projects: Kirkwood High School, North Kirkwood Middle School, Tillman Elementary School, and Keysor Elementary School. The team at KHS was announced as the Spotlight Theme Winner of the Year for Upper Grades.


The project submitted by KHS was titled “Engineering Solutions to Increase Biodiversity on Campus.”  Students looked to bring the outdoors in and promote student interaction with nature. The group included students in the KHS Environmental Sustainability Class, led by school teacher leader Mandy Melton and mentor Sarah Kim. The students involved were Addie Ludbrook, Lauren Peters, Sadie Ramirez, Annalise Bancks, Mia Edison, LJ Reinert, Lia Sebastian, and Carolyn Spohr.


Other Kirkwood School District schools submitting projects include:


North Kirkwood Middle School “Native Plant Restoration”

The project explored the world of seeds by educating their peers and distributing native plants to promote diversity. The students were led by Jason Moore and Lisa Ziegler. 


Nipher Middle School “Exploring Biodiversity Using Art to Establish a Sense of Place”

Nipher students learned about the present species and made art based on these species. The students celebrated their learning at a formal art gallery event.


Tillman Elementary School “Outdoor Courtyard Classroom”

Tillman partnered with McCarty construction company to build raised bed gardens, a sensory space and a compost area for their outdoor courtyard classroom. The students were led by school teacher leader Stephanie Nickolotsky.


Keysor Elementary School “Incorporating STEM into Outdoor Experiential Learning”

Students incorporated STEM into outdoor learning highlighting a new composting system and food waste collection during lunch.  The students were led by school teacher leader Traci Jansen.