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June 5, 2010

New Education Web Pages #Eco #Environment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donnette E Davis @ 10:38 am

Dear Educator, The 40th anniversary of Earth Day was a great success! Millions of students and teachers participated in Earth Day worldwide, making it the largest celebration to date. Reports of activities are still coming in – be sure to tell us what you have done for Earth Day by emailing education! Thanks to all of you who participated by teaching your students about the environment. We hope you continue these actions year-round – here are some ideas, opportunities and resources to keep you going!

New Education Web Pages!
If you are looking for activities to wrap up the school year, or need ideas for next year, be sure to check out some of the newest online resources:

  • Classroom Lighting: perform a classroom lighting audit, watch educational videos about lighting, find standards-based lesson plans and more!
  • Earth Day 40th Anniversary Curriculum: this comprehensive Web site introduces a broad history of the environmental movement with educational multimedia resources and more than a dozen standards-based lesson plans. Pages available in Spanish and French!
  • 40 Green Schools:we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by featuring 40 green schools from our network. See what they are doing and get ideas for your own school.
  • Coming soon! Written by students for students, our Student Activist Toolkit contains action plans, how-to’s and other resources for greening your school and community.
  • As always, visit our Educators’ Network to access environmental education curricula, our Green Your School Guide and other resources.

Great News for Healthy Schools!
Earth Day Network has been working hard to support an important campaign in Washington, D.C., and we are proud to share some great news. After nearly a month of uncertainty, the D.C. City Council voted to fully fund the groundbreaking D.C. Healthy Schools Act. Building off ideas from First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign, the D.C. Healthy Schools Act is one of the most advanced, progressive pieces of healthy schools legislation in the country, and it now has the funds to become a reality. Beginning this fall, D.C. Public Schools students will finally have the access they deserve to meals meeting the highest nutritional standards, including fresh, local fruits and vegetables, more time to exercise and study health, and opportunities to grow gardens on campus. The District has just become a national leader in this movement, and Earth Day Network hopes this type of programming will spread to cities and states around the U.S. Thank you to all of the partners and members around D.C. and across the country who demonstrated the grassroots support needed to pass and fund this Act.

Healthy Foods and Healthy Kids
Chairman George Miller and The House Education and Labor Committee will soon release draft legislation to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act. Final provisions to this important legislation are being finalized now and we need your help to ensure that the committee includes the Healthy School Meals Act, HR 4870, in the reauthorization bill. This Act will require that schools offer children healthy lunch options as well as ensuring that lactose intolerant children have nutritious nondairy beverage options at lunch. Please call your member of Congress today to make sure the provisions of the Healthy School Meals Act are included and to ensure that Congress provides healthy options in every cafeteria. The well-being of our children depends on it!

National Public Lands Day
As you begin planning for next year, don’t forget about National Public Lands Day (NPLD), on September 25, 2010! A program of the National Environmental Education Foundation, NPLD is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands and a great way to educate youth about environmental stewardship. Visit www.publiclandsday.org, to find an existing project or register your own. Also, take a look at their educational resource library, which includes several lessons from Earth Day Network, information on this year’s theme – climate change – along with recreational opportunities on public lands, parks in urban areas, health benefits of being outdoors and much more.

World Environment Day 2010: Don’t Stop After Earth Day- Make a Difference Everyday!
Congratulations to all of the amazing teachers and youth who stepped up to the ‘ecological plate’ this Earth Day and contributed a wealth of green projects to their schools and communities. While Earth Day has passed, it is important to keep the ‘green alive’ all year, so we encourage you to take part in World Environment Day, June 5, 2010, with our partner at Tunza!

Whatever you decide to do, make sure to tell the people at Tunza about it so they can post your activities on the Web site and make it part of the Wide World of WED map. Need ideas? Check out the Around the World Archive, which lists previous activities from more than 80 countries.

So…What are you going to do for WED?

Earth Day 2010 Educators’ Raffle Winners!
We’d like to give a special shout-out to the two raffle winners who submitted their schools’ Earth Day activities. Kathy Wallen from Wilmington, North Carolina celebrated Earth Day with her third grade Green Team, leading the school in an entire week of celebration. Students at Bradley Creek Elementary School started their days with environmental facts during morning announcements and participated in various events including a lights-out day, an alternative transportation day, and a tie-dye activity to reuse old t-shirts. Wendy Newman, a second grade teacher from Danville Middle School in Danville, Indiana, held a lights-out and no-electricity day in her school. She also teamed her class up with a classroom in Guatemala to compare and contrast what Conservationism looks like in different areas of the world.

Kathy and Wendy each received educational prize packages containing resources and award-winning educational DVDs for their classroom. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

Thank you again for all you do for your school and community. Always feel free to contact us with any questions at education. Have a great rest of the year!

Sincerly,

Earth Day Network’s Education Team

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