Jacksonville Catholic school honored with national award

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville school is receiving recognition from the U.S. Department of Education for its efforts when it comes to the environment and sustainability.

The Department of Education announced Thursday that Christ the King Catholic School was named a Green Ribbon School, joining 26 other schools, three early learning centers, five school districts and five post-secondary institutions, which were also honored.

“The pandemic has driven home the vital importance of school buildings and grounds; health and wellness; and hands-on authentic learning,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I congratulate the selected schools, districts, and postsecondary institutions, which are, through their sustainability practices, offering healthy, safe, efficient school environments and protecting our planet.  Not surprisingly, many of our honorees support students in underserved communities, proving once again that green schools’ practices, encompassing best practices school operations, health, and environmental learning, are critical tools to advance equity.”

The schools recognized with the annual distinction were selected from a pool of candidates nominated by 20 states across the country. Notably, Christ the King Catholic School was the only school in Florida to receive the honor.