Saturday, July 23, 2011

First OKC Public Schools Teachers Green Schools Program Training

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Testimonials from former Casady YAC Chair and Environmental Club Leader, Class of 2005,"Hi Mrs. Clay,  Thanks again for inviting us to the Green Schools training! It was exactly what I needed - a concrete, step-by-step plan for the environmental/service-learning club that I have been developing over the past year. The ideas presented were applicable to just about any classroom, and provided proof that service-learning in the classroom can be productive for the teacher, students, and administration. I especially appreciated the variety of examples and resources, particularly grant opportunities, provided by the presenters. I'm eager to start a Green Team at my campus!  A quick question for you - what was the grant application website that you mentioned today?
Thank you! Emma. Emma Thadani, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2009, 405-361-0593,"

Thank you Emma. It was amazing to share Oklahoma Green Schools with two of the YAC and Environmental Club leaders of the Class of 2005. I am glad that you and Alexander found the presentation inspiring and look forward to news of what you and your kids will be doing in the future.

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I am sending your reflection to Zainab, current YAC and Environmental Club leader who replied last night that she will be attending the August 5th training. I am also including in this e-mail the current leader of Challenge 20/20, Green Team Yes, Salman ’14. He is the person who can provide you the Casady NAIS Challenge 20/20 tool kit to borrow for your school. We do not have a complete tool kit, but it will help you get started. We already have one for the Middle School and I will get the one from the Metro Career Academy for Casady’s UD.

Grants: YSA Grants for Semester of Service and other service-learning related celebrations like Earth Day, Global Youth Service Day : Do Grants:; Pepsi Refresh Challenge Grants: State Farm YAB grants If passionate, well prepared kids write the grant; you know because you used to evaluate grants at Camp Fire USA when you were part of the Teens in Action Youth Board, it is almost impossible to turn them down!!!!

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A great recycling resource: e-mail: SPA - PEP  RecycleRally Website: . I received the following e-mail as part of my follow-up for Salman’s interest in recycling

The Dream Machine Recycle Rally is scheduled to continue past the end of the 2011 school year and straight into 2012. With this in mind, you are invited to apply and recycle to your heart's content. In fact, we have schools with summer programs and community support that plan to keep up their recycling well into the summer months and into the next school year.

This is a multi-year program and we are excited to have you in the program now and next school year as well, and we are working on program details for the 2011-2012 school year which should be announced in the near future. . At that point, all information will be on our website and we encourage you to check back there for updates or email us again at that time for more details. What we can suggest is that once you have full school administration authorization to apply for the Recycle Rally, that you apply so that we can begin the review process as soon as possible. This can at times be a lengthy process if you are not already service by our project partner, Waste Management. In addition, although all details are not publicly available, you might keep in mind that our next major contest has a requirement that a school apply by August 1st in order to participate.

The great thing about this program is that the purpose of this initiative is to increase recycling overall and with that in mind, all #1 PET and aluminum cans should scan for points. We have about 175,000 UPC codes of these types in our system. Products of different companies are included in the program. While participating in the program, if something of these material types does not earn points, sometimes that is due to new and promotional products with unique UPC codes or perhaps something we have not yet included in our system. We have a support team that can elaborate on this for participants as well as add UPCs into the system.

We look forward to your participation in the upcoming 2011/2012 school year, we’re expanding our rewards and contests platforms so that more schools have even more rewards opportunities and chances to win contest prizes as well as a modified method of processing the recyclables which promises to be more convenient for Recycle Rally participants.

Again, we thank you for your interest and look forward to working with Casady School in the future.


The Dream Machine Recycle Rally Team

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