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Living Classroom development

Project Cost: CHF 10,000

Learning how nature sustains life and developing "eco-literacy" is essential to educating our students for sustainability. By creating living ecosystems as classrooms, our students don't just learn about nature but will have opportunities to learn from nature. Students will work with experts to develop a "food forest" in the Lower School Garden as a living classroom.



Local community outreach projects

Project Cost: CHF 2,000

We will work on community outreach projects such as hosting an annual farmers’ market on campus. Our Lower School is a part of a vibrant farming community. Creating opportunities to develop relationships within the local community allows us to model community engagement beyond the campus.




Visiting authors

Project Cost: CHF 4,000

David Gordon and Karen Luke Fildes are authors and artists (and spouses) who work on non-fiction guides and sustainability. David is the award-winning author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual and 18 other titles. Karen teaches science illustration, offering students the chance to help in creating a Field Guide to the World, starting with their own backyard. Their visit in the 2nd half of April will even include a bug-eating dinner for parents in the evening!  


STEAM, SDGs and Real World Problem Solving

Project Cost: CHF 6,000

Building on our work from last year's Annual Fund STEAM focus, we want to create opportunities for students to engage in real-world problem solving using STEAM design and engineering practices. Projects will include work with professionals in upcycling, renewable energy, and “biomimicry to design” as a part of efforts toward the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Eco-schools participation

Project Cost: CHF 1,500

Eco-Schools “encourages young people to engage in their environment by allowing them the opportunity to actively protect it. Through this program, young people experience a sense of achievement at being able to have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification and the prestige which comes with being awarded a Green Flag.” Extracurricular clubs in the Lower and Middle Schools will take part in the Eco-Schools program and in certifying their campuses under the Eco-Schools framework.