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Tom’s of Maine “Green Your School Fund” Invites Public to Make a Difference

Tom’s of Maine “Green Your School Fund” Invites Public to Make a Difference

green-your-school-toms-of-maineRemember the curiosity that was sparked by an interesting school project? Recall the excitement at unearthing a new way to solve a problem? Starting today, a simple vote can help students create similar memories and inspire them to make a difference in the world around them.

 

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The Tom’s of Maine “Green Your School Fund” is investing in kids and asking for your help in determining the most creative environmental projects submitted by educators nationwide. Visit greenschoolfund.com to vote daily through October 17, 2016.

The “Green Your School Fund” is a new initiative from Tom’s of Maine, a pioneer in making products that are natural, responsible and sustainable. The company has teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to give $1 million dollars to classrooms nationwide so students can roll up their sleeves and understand at an early age the impact they can have on the planet.

“We’re thrilled to work with Tom’s of Maine on their ‘Green Your School Fund’More than 250 projects from 40 states were submitted and a panel of judges that include musician and actor Kevin Jonas; enterprise editor and senior reporter at The Huffington Post, Kate Sheppard; CEO of TerraCycle, Tom Szaky; 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes; and founder of the I am the Maven blog, Kerri Jablonski, chose the ten most creative ideas as finalists. Now, communities across the country get to choose their favorite classroom lesson.

 

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The project that receives the most votes will receive $25,000 in funding to turn their project into a reality. Second place and third place winners will receive $15,000 and $10,000 respectively and seven honorable mention projects will receive $2,000 each. The fund is also distributing more than $900,000 to classrooms across the country. As such, every educator that submitted an idea to the Tom’s of Maine “Green Your School Fund” has already received 50 percent or more in funding towards reaching their project goal. The public can also help support these projects in classrooms across the nation by contributing at DonorsChoose.org/greenschoolfund.

toms-of-maine-green-your-school“Incorporating a healthy routine into a child’s daily life involves more than just teaching them how to take care of their bodies, it also includes teaching them how to take care of the communities where they live,” said Susan Dewhirst, public relations and goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “Our hope is that the projects submitted as part of the Tom’s of Maine ‘Green Your School Fund’ will help teachers to introduce their students to ways they can make a meaningful impact in both their school and their community, and then take these lessons and apply them as they grow into adulthood.”

 

Listed alphabetically by state, the “Green Your School Fund” ten finalists are:

State   

Project Name                                     

School Name             

City

CA      

Designing with Environmental Science in Mind          

Sequoia Middle School               

Pleasant Hill

CT     

Green Our Room: Recycling and Upcycling!   

Ashford School                           

Ashford

FL     

The Green Stallion Project                            

Polo Park Middle School           

Wellington

FL    

Eagles Care! A Dune Restoration Project!        

Buddy Taylor Middle School                

Palm Coast

KS     

Improving Our Air Quality                             

Adams Elementary School           

Wichita

MA     

Less School Plastic in Landfills                 

Nauset Regional Middle School       

Orleans

MI      

No Swimming Allowed…WHAAAT?!?          

Pinewood Elementary School              

Jenison

MI      

Micro Plastics: You Could Be Eating This Stuff! 

Ella White Elementary School                 

Alpena

NC     

How Does Your Garden Grow                                  

Cleveland Elementary School                  

Cleveland

TN     

Cummings Green Team!                              

Cummings School                                  

Memphis

“One of the best gifts we can give today’s students is an appreciation for the environment, yet too many teachers lack the supplies and resources to bring these science lessons to life in their classrooms,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. program. This initiative showcases the importance of environmental science education and shines a spotlight on some of the most creative and inspiring projects from teachers across the country.”

Tom’s of Maine gives 10% of its profits back to helping people and the planet. Employees are encouraged to give 5% of paid time to volunteer and this year marks the company’s 46th anniversary. Additional information is available at tomsofmaine.com/greenschoolfund.

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