I know. I know. Your probably thinking that school just ended (and in some regions may still be going) and I shouldn’t even bring up going back to school yet. Hear me out though, because this one is for a good cause. For a second year, Tom’s of Maine and DonorsChoose.org have joined forces to launch the Green Your School Fund, which will give $1 million to support environmental education in classrooms nationwide. As a brand ambassador, an environmental enthusiast, and an advocate of giving back, I’m honored to be working with Tom’s of Maine to help spread the word about this incredible education initiative.
A few years ago, I received a gift card to DonorsChoose.org. It was such an honor to have those funds to donate to a worthy classroom project. It’s unfortunate that so many schools don’t have the funds to support their classrooms or the projects their teachers want to work on with their students.
Every year in our region, the elementary schools STEM clubs created projects out of K’nex pieces around a particular theme. This year’s task was to create a theme park amusement that is environmentally friendly. To watch my son and his friends develop their project was absolutely amazing. It made them think about protecting the planet in ways that they would never have otherwise.
This was taken during the annual county-wide STEM competition.
From upcycling to recycling, to learning about toxins and chemicals, to demonstrating the benefits of biking over driving, to gardening or cleaning beaches and neighborhoods, there’s a wealth of projects that educators can choose from that would teach children more about environmental concerns and the reasons we have them. Environmental education is more important now than ever before, so this really is for a good cause. Since its inception last year, the Tom’s of Maine Green Your School Fund has reached nearly 300,000 students, and counting! As a result, students around the country are learning the positive impact they can have on the planet.
An interesting school project can change a student’s outlook forever. It can spark curiosity about a topic that wasn’t there previously. Hands on projects can help students learn in a way that they may not have grasped through a textbook. Environmentally focused school activities could quite literally help a generation of kids to be the ones who save this planet.
And we adults who care about the planet sure could use some helping hands.
How to Get Involved in the Green Your School Fund
Teachers can visit GreenSchoolFund.com to submit the environmental projects for their classroom through DonorsChoose.org. Tom’s of Maine will automatically match every citizen donation made to qualifying environmental projects. Once projects are fully funded, supplies are sent straight to the school to make the project a reality. We all know that great teachers stockpile good ideas and inspiration for their classroom. And yes, you can submit a project over the summer break!
If you’re a parent who wants to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, let your child’s teachers know about the program by sending them to GreenSchoolFund.com.
Why is Tom’s of Maine giving away $1 million for environmental education in classrooms?
If you aren’t already familiar with them, Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care products. For over 45 years, they’ve invested in hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support people and the planet. Their Stewardship Model guides every decision they make, ensuring that ingredients, processing, and packaging meet rigorous standards for being natural, sustainable, and responsible.
So while your mind may be on summer break, please help us spread the word about this incredible opportunity for teachers and students around the nation. The kids need us. And so does the planet.
For more information, please go to GreenSchoolFund.com.
How will you green your school?
Disclosure: This post is part of a paid campaign with Tom’s of Maine to spread the word about the Green Your School Fund. For more information, visit GreenSchoolFund.com.
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