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UPDATE (October 21st, 2013): Click Here for submission requirements
UPDATE (September 12th, 2013): JRGBC Green Apple Day Press: http://ideastations.org/articles/volunteer-to-help-local-schools-during-green-apple-day-of-service-2013-09-13
The Connect the Dots for Schools Program challenges schools in Central Virginia to develop or expand on a green school project or program to increase environmental stewardship, strengthen community outreach, encourage creativity and complement curriculum development. Fourteen schools participated in the 2012 challenge, ten of which were new and four were returning participants.
To initiate this challenge, JRGBC provides interested schools with a group of volunteer mentors to help bridge the connection with local and national environmental resources. Mentors will work with select teachers and students to plan and implement low-cost sustainable projects for a duration of 5-6 months. Previous projects have included planting a rain garden or improving a school’s existing recycling program.
Each school will be recognized for their participation in the challenge. Those schools that go above and beyond will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for their achievement. Therefore, to participate in the challenge, schools are required to submit their sustainable project/practice to JRGBC for jury review by November. See the Program Schedule below for more information.
Interested in getting involved? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
April: Volunteer mentors are paired with participating schools
May-June (Planning Period): Mentors and schools work together to determine sustainable projects/practices.
September-October (Implementation Period): Mentors and schools implement project/practices together.
November: Completed projects are submitted to JRGBC for jury review. The Award ceremony will be announced at a later date.
Be a Mentor – Fill out the Mentor Form Online or Download the Mentor Form (Word)
Mentors are paired with schools in April, and should expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours a month working with their school planning, providing support, and implementing the project. Please contact Gwen Murray at email@example.com if you have any questions!
Mentor Training PowerPoint
Start a School Project – Fill out the School Form Online or Download the School Form (Word)
The Challenge is applicable to entire school buildings, grade levels or individual classes. You can come in with a project in mind or a blank slate! Our volunteers will work with you to help design, plan and implement a sustainable project. Please contact Gwen Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
- Sustainable curriculum
- School wide water reduction program
- Student led sustainable/environmental club
- Carbon footprint reduction plan
- Recycling program
- Resource, re-use & reduction
Take a look at the “Past Challenges” tab to see some of what schools have done before.
Indoor Air Quality
2011 – 2012 Challenge
2010 – 2011 Challenge
|In the inaugural year of the challenge nearly 30 schools participated with 16 schools submitting an entry to be judged. Local supporters included SHW Group, James River Air, and Aero Integrated Solutions.Read More about the 2010-2011 Challenge and Challenge Winners →|
The second annual Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Registration is now open – be sure to check out project ideas, read last year’s highlights, and register your project!