Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bath Middle School named MEEA School of the Year!

Below is the letter we received from the Maine Environmental Education Association last month. We are proud to be recognized for our hard work getting kids outdoors to do authentic, place-based, meaningful learning.

Dear Principal Ward,

On behalf of the Maine Environmental Education Association it is my true pleasure to let you know that Bath Middle School has been named as MEEA's 2016 School of the Year! Congratulations to you and the staff of Bath Middle School for your commitment to engaging your students in the environment as you create authentic learning opportunities for them. Your partnership with organizations such as Chewonki, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust and The Ecology School are but a few examples of why Bath Middle School has been selected for this honor.  Your good work stands as a role model for other schools in Maine to follow!

It is our hope that you and/or representatives from your staff will be able to join us at our MEEA Awards night, Wednesday, January 25th from 7pm – 8:30 pm to receive this award. The Awards Night is being held at Gilsland Farm Audubon Center (20 Gilsland Farm Road in Falmouth). At the ceremony we will be saying a few words about your school, will present you with the award, and then hope you (or your representative) are willing to say a few words (2-3mins) in accepting it. 

In addition to the Awards Night to honor all of our award recipients, this award includes a complimentary full MEEA conference registration (March 24, 2017 at Colby College) for a member of your staff and a one year membership to MEEA.  

Please let me know if you and/or members of your staff are able to attend the Awards Night and if you have any questions. Also, if there is a picture that we might be able to use in our announcement of the award that you could send me that would be wonderful.

Congratulations Principal Ward and Bath Middle School on such a well-deserved honor!
Warmly on behalf of the MEEA Board,

MEEA Board Member and Award Committee Chairperson

About Maine Environmental Education Association:
Mission: In order to help create a more sustainable future for all Maine communities, the Maine Environmental Education Association uses the power of education to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement.

Created in 1982, MEEA helps organizations, schools, groups, educational programs, and individuals promote and expand environmental education in Maine. In addition, MEEA acts as an advocate and clearing house, keeping groups and individuals informed of issues and events in the field of environmental education both in our state and at a regional and national level. We also work hard to raise funds to support the implementation of Maine' s Environmental Literacy Plan. We believe conserving Maine's rich cultural and natural heritage requires an environmentally aware citizenship.  MEEA is an affiliate of the New England Environmental Education Alliance and the North American Association of Environmental Education.
Alexandra Grindle
Director of Programs
The Ecology School
8 Morris Ave. Building 1
Saco, ME 04072