A wonderful tradition at Princeton Day School is the bulb planting project in the Lower School each fall. Our PreK, K, and 1st grade students put on their gardening gloves, get out the trowels and, with the help of their parents and teachers, plant daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs in the ground for a wonderful show of flowers in the spring. The weather was sunny and warm this morning--the Indian summer continues—as our students planted bulbs all around the wildflower meadow beside the garden. It should be a spectacular spring! See some photos here.
Our Green HistoryIn 2006 we held our first large school brainstorming sessions on sustainability, deciding at those meetings to make greening the school one of our major initiatives. It was clear to us that a 21st century education was not complete without teaching ecoliteracy and having our institutional behavior and campus model sustainable decision-making.
Our PhilosophyPrinceton Day School’s mission is to prepare students “to act knowledgeably, to lead thoughtfully, to share generously, and to contribute meaningfully.”
To fulfill this mission we must graduate students who understand the ecological consequences of their actions, who have a sense of long-term decision-making and its effect on ecological health.
Princeton Day School believes that students are our largest carbon footprint, that their personal and professional decisions now and in the future will help determine the fate of the planet.
Our GoalOur goal is to nurture a culture of environmental stewardship by working simultaneously in the areas of facilities, behavior, and curriculum. We want our graduates to understand that how they use resources affects the ability of future generations to also use those resources.
Head of School Paul J. Stellato recently announced that plans are underway to construct a new greenhouse on campus this summer. The new greenhouse, to be completed in September 2017, is envisioned as a project-based, interdisciplinary classroom for grades PreK-12. Sized to hold a full class, a permanent plant collection, and rotating projects, this space will be a winter classroom for the school's PreK-4 garden program, as well as a research area for all three divisional science classes.
Princeton Day School Lower School science teacher Aaron Schomburg was presented with the Garden Club of America's Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, which is given annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children. The Hull Award was established in 1992 and provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who honor Miss Hull's "common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children to appreciate the beauty of our planet." (from the Garden Club of American website: www.gcamerica.org)
2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
2015 New Jersey Green Ribbon School
Green Restaurant Association - 3-Star Designation
Garden of the Year from NJ Farm to School Network 2015
2011 Bronze Level River-Friendly School Certification from Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
2009 Kiwi Magazine Grand Prize “Crusaders Award for Excellence in School Meals”
2009 Green Cup Challenge national winner (for energy reduction)