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GEF Mission

Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a national non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. GEF aims to identify key factors and impediments influencing sustainability education, evaluate existing approaches, and develop effective educational materials and programs to promote behavior change towards sustainable practices. GEF offers free programs that provide curricula and hands-on activities to inspire K-12 students and teachers to think holistically about global sustainability concerns and solutions.

National Green Week Overview

GEF’s flagship program, National Green Week is an annual event that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first full week in February and the end of Earth Month (April). Participating districts, schools, classrooms or youth groups choose a week, and then select from GEF's sustainability focused programs to be their ‘green theme’. Each theme provides 5 day standards-based lesson sets, activities, recommended reading, sustainability tips, contests, and more! Participate for the whole week, a day, or just one lesson or activity. Schools and groups are encouraged to take this opportunity to spend time with students discussing environmental issues and find out what they can do to make a difference.

Specific goals for National Green Week:

  • Excite schools and Pre K-12 students to participate in GEF’s sustainability programs
  • Assist teachers with lesson plans and activities for their classrooms by providing standards-based lessons, activities, recommended reading, contests and more
  • Encourage students to become the leader of their own sustainability initiatives
  • Adopt new habits at school and home to reduce waste, energy and water and think about sustainable choices
  • Influence students to be more informed about sustainability issues and how they can make a difference

2016 National Grid Art Contest Results
“Here With You – Here For You” Art Contest Results

The Green Education Foundation and National Grid have teamed up to launch the “Here With You – Here For You” campaign based upon National Grid's tagline of same name.

This sustainability education contest called on K-5 classrooms throughout National Grid’s regions in Massachusetts, upstate and downstate New York and Rhode Island to submit colorful artwork depicting how students are “Here With You (aka Our Planet) – Here For You (aka Mother Nature)” in support of preserving our precious natural resources.  The contest is twofold in that in addition to the winning student entries, the teachers with the most compelling submissions will win as well!  Each month, from December 2015 to March 2016, a teacher was selected and awarded an assortment of prizes including gift cards, tee-shirts and,  for those in Massachusetts, tickets to popular local favorites: The Museum of Science and New England Aquarium for their entire classroom.

Thank you for your entries,  and congratulations to our Grand Prize and Regional Prize Winners!

 

GRAND PRIZEWINNERS

One grand prizewinner was chosen for each of National Grid’s regions. In addition to reusable bags, these four participants in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Downstate New York and Upstate New York each won $250 to help introduce more sustainability activities, projects, initiatives and more into their classrooms. Our grand prizewinners were chosen based on how the students illustrated the importance of sustainability and why it’s important in our everyday lives.

 

Rhode Island  Grand Prize Winners

George West Elementary School, Providence, RI
Teacher: Lorice J. Daignault

National Grid Green Education Foundation art contest 2016 winner   National Grid Green Education Foundation art contest 2016

 

Massachusetts  Grand Prize Winner

Frank M. Silvia Elementary School,  Fall River, MA
Teacher: P. Defusco Cabral
Grade Level: 3rd 

Green Education Foundation art contest 2016 winner Silvia Elementary   Green Education Foundation National Grid contest 2016 winner Silvia Elementary

 

Upstate New York – Grand Prize Winner

Granby Elementary School North, Fulton, NY
Teacher: Karen Murdoch
Grade Level: 3rd

Green Education Foundation National Grid contest 2016 winner Granby Elementary   Green Education Foundation National Grid contest 2016 winner Granby Elementary

 

Downstate New York – Grand Prize Winner

IS 234 Cunningham,  Brooklyn, NY
Teacher: Judy O’Brien

   

 

REGIONAL WINNERS

In addition to our four grand prizewinners, there were also regional winners for each month leading up to Earth Week.

These classrooms were recognized for their continuous support of sustainability education and great artwork portraying the importance of sustainability in our every day lives. Along with the Grand Prize winners, these schools received passes to the New England Aquarium, Boston Museum of Science or the Planetarium.  These classrooms, as well as all other submissions, received reusable bags for all their students.

 

Johnny Appleseed School, Leominster, MA
Teacher: Tina Lelli
Tilton Elementary School, Haverhill, MA
Teacher: Mrs. Perry
 
Haverhill Public School, Haverhill, MA
Teacher: Susan Lahiff
Anthony Carnevale, Providence, RI
Teacher: Melissa Damiani
 
Potter-Burns School, Pawtucket, RI
Teacher: Mrs. Leporacci
Ashton Elementary, Cumberland, RI
Teacher: Marie Ross
 

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