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Everett High School
"The City of Everett is approximately four miles northwest of Boston with a small land area of 3.6 square miles. Everett High School currently has 1,993 students enrolled from ages 13-21, and over 74% percent of the population is eligible for free or reduced lunch. The most prominent first language of our students is English, followed by Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, and Vietnamese. There are over 29 languages spoken in EHS. This sampling of EHS students is mirrored by the Everett Community of over 38,000 residents. Everett High School Enrollment Data: Race/Ethnicity (% of School) White 37% Black/African American 23% Asian 4% Hispanic/Latino 32% Enrollment by Gender Male: 53% Female: 47% Total Students: 1,993 Socio Economics Free Lunch 60% Not Eligible 26% Reduced Lunch 14%"
"Our proposed plan to increase environmental literacy through an interdisciplinary approach educating youth, parents and the community through service learning projects conducted throughout the school year. Environmental literacy is interdisciplinary by nature and can be easily incorporated into the curriculum used by Health, Science, ELA, Math and other disciplines. By developing and using existing curriculum, videos, and holding events that are student led, we hope to increase environmental literacy among the Everett community. Science, technology, the arts, literature,mathematics, social studies and engineering all present opportunities to test reasoning and thinking about the environment. All offer routes by which to tie students to their smaller and larger communities. Environmental literacy requires that students understand that the world’s systems are interconnected and that individuals have the ability and responsibility to make a difference that improves the environment. Environmental literacy, environmental education, and issues of sustainability are intimately linked. Developing an environmentally literate citizenry requires effective environmental education. Formal and non-formal environmental educators must teach students fundamental concepts about the ecosystem and how people interact with their surroundings. Further, educators must help students to understand that their actions affect the health of ecosystems as well as the social and economic structures that rely on those ecosystems. Fostering environmental literacy will help students to understand and engage in practices that are sustainable over time. Through work done in the classroom, support by after school programs, introducing these concepts at Parent Education nights, creating a service learning project in different subject areas that encourage citizenship, we hope to: increase student achievement of MA learning goals through proven, effective environmental education experiences; increase student engagement by providing classroom connections to meaningful, real world applications; motivate high school graduates to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and green careers; promote educators’ understanding and application of best practices for environmental education through effective professional development and classroom support; increase collaboration among community members and parent and leverage their expertise and resources; and benefit Massachusetts' environment and economy by preparing young people to become citizens with the knowledge and skills to make responsible decisions that protect ecosystems and support sustainability."