Ransom Everglades Middle School placed third in the Green Schools Challenge and RE science teacher Kelly Jackson received an Innovation in Education Award at the 2019 Dream in Green Awards Ceremony. The awards recognized the sustainability efforts underway on RE's Everglades Campus, which in 2018-19 included the RE Energy and Climate Change Symposium; the installation of solar panels; and the launch of a composting program.
Jackson and fellow faculty and sustainability task force members Brooke Gintert and Alexandra Gunner accepted the recognition on the school's behalf at the May 30 event in downtown Miami.
"At last night's awards ceremony for the Green Schools Challenge, Ransom Everglades Middle School was recognized for an extraordinary achievement," said Gus Palacios, the Middle School Science Department Coordinator. "This was the result of a tremendous effort on the part of Dr. Kelly Jackson and several other members of the Middle School faculty. We are very proud."
More than 100 schools competed in the Middle School Division of the Green Schools Challenge. Ransom Everglades received a banner, plaque, $100 grant and – for the 2019-20 school year – 25 plants and a site visit from the educational non-profit A Plant in Every Classroom.
Dream in Green, a local organization dedicated to sustainability, previously awarded RE a grant to help fund the third-annual REECCS, a four-day event that drew more than 500 guests to campus.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.