BENEFITING: MUNDO VERDE BILINGUAL PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
ORGANIZER: MUNDO VERDE BILINGUAL PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
As Mundo verde celebrates our move to our new building and the greening of our grounds, I am flooded with memories of my youth, nature and my father.
When I was young, my father cultivated a strong relationship to nature in me. He was a fisherman and hunter and so, as often as he could, he would take me to beaches, woods or mountains and share what he knew of nature with me. How to tell a doe from a buck. What bait for bass. Why moss grows on the north side of trees. When we couldn't get away from the city, nature was still close.
We had gardens and for a time chickens in our backyard. Every Spring I helped him harvest green beans, melons, zucchini, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables from our yard. When the harvest was too abundant for us he would saddle me with grocery bags of produce to share with our neighbors for free.
It warms me--the work he did, the work we do. I love that my son Roque and I live into this past. To show our children a love of earth and its gifts. Getting our hands dirty. Making things more green. And in so doing we celebrate the commitment to save such experiences for generations to come. Some day our children will show their children.
I hope you will join us
MUNDO VERDE BILINGUAL PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL wrote -
We secured the building, renovated it and moved in. Now you can help us turn it into the Green Home of our dreams.
This spring we are rolling up our sleeves to help realize our vision of a school campus rooted within a green urban oasis; space that will serve as a sustainability laboratory, grounds for student, and a green school demonstration site for others aspiring to become green schools.
Until recently, the school grounds were completely covered in asphalt. We removed it all, created more space by repurposing parking spaces, and drafted a fabulous garden plan. We are excited about the envisioned outdoor classrooms, rain gardens, play spaces, fields for fitness classes, gardens featuring pollinator and edible plants, as well as a reforestation project in partnership with Casey Trees that will bring 40 native species of trees to beautify our landscape and provide shade and clean air for many generations of Mundo Verde students and DC neighbors.
Additionally, our campus incorporates sustainable features that we believe will help us attain Gold/Platinum LEED Certification. Features include a 25,000-gallon rainwater cistern and harvesting roof catchment area to provide irrigation and gray water system that will save over 300,000 gallons of water per year, energy efficient daylight harvesting system with automatic light dimmers for classrooms, insulated glass windows with solar reflective coating, lots of salvaged original features like hardwood floors, doors, and banisters
You can make this a reality for 500 Mundo Verde students next year and 600 the next year. Your tax-deductible donation to Mundo Verde will help us get greener and more sustainable ultimately helping us prepare the next generations of environmental and social stewards that will help solve global problems.
ABOUT MUNDO VERDE: Mundo Verde is an innovative, high-performing school based on expeditionary learning in fully bilingual immersion and with a focus on sustainability. Serving a diverse student body representing communities across the city, Mundo Verde empowers students to reach high levels of academic achievement and gives them the skills needed to become compassionate global stewards of their communities.