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Teacher From The Bronx Builds A Green Classroom To Improve School Performance

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In what seems like a story from an inspirational film, teacher Stephen Ritz helped turnaround a struggling school in New York City with plants. After seeing one of his students use a flower to make peace with another, he started the Green Bronx Machine, an organization that implemented a “green curriculum” for grade school education. The model is now used in over 5,000 schools around the world as Ritz continues to grow the program.

Ritz grew up and became a teacher in the South Bronx, which was a difficult environment where kids regularly struggled with grades and showing up to class altogether. The only food options were heavily manufactured -- Ritz told NPR that it was “easier to buy liquor than lettuce” in the area. It was a poor and dangerous community that needed a spark, and it certainly got a vibrant one.