Aledo Healthy Habitats Grant Wins National Award
The Environmental Club HOPE at Coder Elementary took the top prize in Texas and is one of the top 20 national finalists for the Grand Prize in the Disney Planet Challenge. The club chose to restore a pocket prairie behind the school for their project, which was one of 14 Texas Healthy Habitats grants this year. The completed project, which documents goals, experiences, student and teacher reflections, and artifacts of the work, was submitted for judging the second week of February as a digital portfolio. School administrators learned after spring break that the club's project was No. 1 in the state!
Disney's Planet Challenge is a project-based learning environmental competition for classrooms across the United States. DPC teaches kids about science and conservation while empowering them to make a positive impact on their communities and planet. Students select an environmental issue that they can research and investigate that allows them to take local action.
SLT Gathers Data on Community Service and Service-Learning Requiremets
Service Learning Texas is surveying Texas school districts and campuses to gather information on required service-learning and/or community service. The resulting data will help us begin to build a profile of the types of policies that districts and campuses are employing to help students develop the habits and character traits of service. The survey has been sent to all Texas superintendents and principals but anyone with knowledge of district or campus policies related to community service and/or service-learning is encouraged to respond. To access the survey, which takes about 5 minutes to complete, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T3FZCBY.
Service-Learning Summer Job Opportunities
The Civic Education Project (CEP) at Northwestern University is looking for outstanding teachers from public and private schools and universities for its Summer 2012 service-learning programs. CEP programs engage motivated middle and high school students in exploring complex social issues, provide students with hands-on opportunities to examine their role in creating change, and inspire students to take action. This year, CEP will offer programs in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, covering topics such as human rights, urban development, school reform, public health, criminal justice and civic engagement.
To learn more about CEP programs and staff positions or to apply online, visit our website at: http://www.civiceducationproject.com/jobs
Global Youth Service Day
On April 20-22, youth across the globe will serve, educate, advocate, and give to address critical issues including health, education, environment, hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness and response, and human rights. To learn more, get free planning resources, and register your project or event, visit the GYSD website at www.GYSD.org.
Top 25 State Farm Project Ignition Schools Announced
State Farm and the National Youth Leadership Council recently announced the top 25 schools in this year’s Project Ignition program. Student at each school will receive $2,000 to support their teen driver safety campaigns and compete to be named as one of 10 "Project Ignition National Leader Schools." These 10 best campaigns of the 25 will have the opportunity to receive additional funding to support their participation in a national conference or event and go deeper with their campaigns during the 2012-2013 school year.
Texas is represented this year by the Creekview High School Teen Leadership Class in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Building on the success of their “Teens in the Drivers’ Seat” program, students plan to expand their efforts to increase awareness of the five major dangers of teen driving accidents: night driving, distractions, speeding, driving under the influence and not wearing seat belts. For a full description of their program and a list of the other 24 schools, please visit www.sfprojectignition.com.