BENEFITING: MUNDO VERDE BILINGUAL PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
ORGANIZER: MUNDO VERDE BILINGUAL PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL
I love Mundo Verde because of its mission and how much it speaks to me and what I am passionate about.
Working at Mundo Verde has given me a chance to give back the gift of bilingualism that I received from my family, make learning fun and active through Expeditionary Learning, and to help prepare my students to become global stewards.
I vividly remember Mundo Verde’s first year, we had Mitchell park nearby with lots of space to read and explore. Everyday We trekked there and back with our 4 year olds. The kids could see the space change with the seasons and be curious immersed in nature.
When we moved into our Columbia Heights location I loved being close to Rock Creek Park we had a forest as our backyard and we took full advantage of it with our expeditions and sometimes as an alternative spot for recess. There I saw my student developing empathy towards nature. They didn't like to see trash, they were upset when flowers had been picked or branches were broken. I miss all that about our former home...
Our new campus is great. It is our permanent home and we have the opportunity to create, together-- staff student and parents-- the space we really want to have. My hope and dream is that we can recreate the connection with nature that we used to have here in our new campus. I dream of outdoor classroom space for our kids to learn in the middle of nature and be outdoors as much as possible.
As a teacher being confined between four doors is limiting. I long for space where my students can explore, dig dirt to look for worms, follow ants to their nests, and observe trees to make detailed drawings. I want our students to have a place where their curiosity can run free.
Please help me and my fellow teachers create this dream for our students!
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.