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Sustainability

Gulf Shores City Schools is a leader in sustainability, creating healthy learning and working environments that connect students and staff with the wonder of nature and resource conservation. Our GSCS community will have the tools, support, and experience to be stewards of the world and leaders in driving change.

Gulf Coast RC&D awarded Gulf Shores High School $15,000 for their project "Small Town Sustainability". This project assisted Gulf Shores High School with funds to promote several different projects throughout Gulf Shores. Students and faculty in the Gulf Coast Sustainability Academy and on the Sustainability Team collaborated to raise oysters in Little Lagoon; host their annual “Small Town, Big Garden” Farm to Table Harvest; learn to scuba dive for conservation education; and grow vegetables and fruit hydroponically, traditionally, and aquaponically in their greenhouse and outdoor learning space., In collaboration with Dune Doctors, LLC, and Gulf State Park, students and faculty also planted over 3000 native plants to restore sand dunes on our beaches.

 

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GSCS Sustainability Team teachers (Vicki Miller, Tish Gunter, Martha Morales, Jennifer Murphy, and Mark Mitchell), along with Academies and CTE Director, Jessica Sampley, visited @jonesvalleyteachingfarm in Birmingham to learn, collaborate, and share resources. Jones Valley’s food-based education model emphasizes community, leadership, sustainability, and problem and place-based hands-on learning via standards-based, cross-curricular lessons that align with Gulf Shores City Schools’ core values. Teachers are excited to share what they learned and further expand our sustainability initiative! GSCS Sustainability Team teachers were also treated with an amazing tour of UAB Clinical Simulation by the Director of Procedural Simulation, Lisa Bergman. Teachers learned about how simulation is used to educate and train students and practitioners and how simulation theory and practices can be applied across the curriculum. The team also visited Kelly Ingram Park to walk part of the Civil Rights Trail and learn more about the Children’s March/Crusade. 

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Committee

Includes school administrators, teachers, parents, city representatives and a GSBOE member:                 

Dr. Matt Akin*
Dr. Stephanie Harrison*
Tish Gunter
 




Vicki Miller
Mark Mitchell
Martha Morales
Jennifer Murphy

 


Sonya Price*
Jessica Sampley*
Anthony Schaff*

* Chair