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Teacher Robert Jeffers and a team of Greenhouse Program students accept the California Green Ribbon School Award for Dorsey High School. Also pictured are Dorsey Principal Reginald Sample and State Superintendant Tom Torlakson.

Congratulations to Dorsey High School – California Green Ribbon School Award Winner!

We are extremely pleased to announce that one of our long-time partner schools, Dorsey High School, has been recognized as a Green Ribbon School in the state of California. They have also been nominated by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson to compete at the national level in the US. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program. The program aims to honor schools that reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and provide environmental education.

Much of the work that helped earn Dorsey Green Ribbon status was spear-headed by teacher Robert Jeffers, a 2011 LAUSD Teacher of the Year and finalist for California Teacher of the Year. A strong believer in community partnerships, Robert Jeffers has facilitated on- and off-campus projects with Los Angeles Audubon, UC Master Gardeners, Disney, ABC Family, Victorious Green, and FOX Studios. He now also serves on the Los Angeles Audubon Board of Directors.

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Students in Garden (summer meeting) — Greenhouse Program students work in the Dorsey High School garden. The garden emphasizes cultivation of both edible plants as well as California native plants. UC Master Gardeners and Victorious Green were key partners in on-campus garden work.

Over the past seven years students in the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program have played a key role in assisting with these projects. We were thrilled that the members of the student team selected to accept the award at the Green Ribbon ceremony last month were all from the Greenhouse Program!

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A Greenhouse Intern is interviewed about the work that Dorsey High School has done to achieve Green Ribbon School status.

For more information about the Green Ribbon Schools Award Program, visit the California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/greenribbonprog.asp 

Published Western Tanager Vol. 81 No. 5 May/June 2015

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