Saving the World…One Butterfly at a Time
Welcome! Situated on 17 acres, Parkway is home to 240 students in grades PK-5, and is one of eleven elementary schools in the Greenwich Public School system. Parkway is the only school located in what is described as ‘backcountry’ Greenwich.
Backcountry represents forty percent of the geography in Greenwich, where the houses are spread out, and where we share our fields and forests with the wildlife that also reside here. Our students ride through the beauty of nature each day and, if they’re lucky, a glance outside the window might include a glimpse of those we share the woods with. Parkway students grow up surrounded by our natural environment, and they learn at an early age the need to protect what it is they see in their own backyards.
We have built upon our unique location in the past several years by providing a rich environmental education for our students that connects their learning with “the real world”. It is with great pride that we accepted a 2015 United States Department of Education Green Ribbon School – one of only fifty-eight schools across the nation to receive the honor! We were recognized for our work in three key areas with the hope that we will inspire our students and other schools across the country to ‘go green’. These three ‘pillar’ areas include:
- Reducing environmental impact
- Providing environmental and sustainability education
- Improving the health and wellness of students and staff
This recognition ensures that Parkway students grow up learning that the little things we do really can make a big difference. As leaders in this critical work, we hope to inspire others to join us in developing the next generation of environmental stewards.
As part of a district initiative, all Parkway students received iPads this year. We have already seen the benefits of matching well trained teachers with curious and enthusiastic learners.
On behalf of the entire Parkway staff, I welcome you to our beautiful campus where nature serves as an important backdrop for inspired and fun-filled learning for us all!