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1) Don't forget to nominate an outstanding student leader for MA/RI Green Student of the Month. Nominations accepted until May 2017. 

2)  Don't forget to keep track of your  student service hours , especially those on the graduating track so  you can receive Green Schools recognition.

3) If you have not already, Like and POST your ongoing work to  Greenstudents Connect Facebook page . You could be featured in our next newsletter!

4) Don't forget to check out our  Partner Page for more ideas for service projects and events for your school. Reminder that   NGSS Partner page which contains contacts for our Partners is password protected. If you need a password reminder please send us an  email
MA Water Forum Youth Summit - Register NOW!
Project Green Schools is proud to support student co- presidents, Mark Thekkethala and Olivia Geiger, and vice president, Belle Allmendinger, in their effort to lead a multidisciplinary project session at the upcoming Massachusetts Water Forum Youth Summit. 

The summit will be held Tuesday, March 21st, at the BSA space in downtown Boston and is open to students across the state. Held in conjunction with the United Nations International World Water Day, the Massachusetts Water Forum strives to raise awareness for water-related issues that our state faces. This year's theme centers on wastewater and how that affects both the environment as well people and how those link together. Project Green Schools student will be leading a session for youth to educate about the ethical, environmental, economic, social and political issues surrounding the Massachusetts Water System and challenges we face as our climate continues to change. These students' efforts will lead to the creation of legislation that will be submitted to the Massachusetts State Legislature. This bill will ask the state to declare a water awareness week in conjunction with the UN's annual World Water Day. Please consider sending your student leaders to the Water Forum Youth summit to get involved in this incredible legislative process! Stay tuned with Project Green Schools for more upcoming opportunities on how you and your students can get involved in this hands-on, real life civics and environmental science lesson as the process unfolds over the coming months!

There are a few spots left at the youth summit, so please sign up today  and take your place to make a stand with us for the environment. 

Contact Project Green Schools Director of Student Engagement, Hannah Traggis for more information. 
Project Green Schools Student Recognition Programs
DON'T MISS OUT! There's still time to apply to these great recognition programs! 
 
Green Difference Awards
May 19, 2017 MA State House
Complete a nomination form  online NOW ! Nominations must be received by April 7, 2017. 

Green Up New England Challenge
Schools across New England that enter the challenge will be asked to compete in energy reduction, waste reduction, water reduction, best green school practices, best green community practices, and best green sports practices.  
Applications must be received by March 22, 2017
NGSS Student Spotlight: Belle Allmendinger
I joined National Green Schools Society during my freshman year of high school. This was also when I first joined Green Team. At this point in my life, I was concerned for the environment but had never considered a career in environmental science. After I joined NGSS I became aware of the wide range possibilities in the environmental science field. The Green Team has been to several of NGSS's events, and this has allowed us to form connections. Students in Green Team who were a part of NGSS during their high school careers have gone on to pursue occupations in the environmental science field.

The NGSS conventions, which the Green Team makes an effort to take as many students as possible to, have provided opportunities for myself and other students to form lasting connections. With the help of NGSS, I am able to connect with other green club programs across the country. I have been able to improve the quality of my Green Team through the sharing of ideas with the people I meet. Read More
Accepting Nominations for State and New England NGSS Chapters
Nominate outstanding environmentally minded students from your school chapter to serve on our state and New England NGSS Chapters! 

We are looking to build a strong team of students who can collaborate across our state and region to network, share best practices and tackle environmental issues. Service on our state and New England Societies provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and explore career opportunities in environmental fields. 

Please contact Director of Student Engagement, Hannah Traggis, for more details and to nominate a student for the 2017-2018 MA and N. E. NGSS Societies today! 
Start a National Green Schools Society Chapter TODAY for FREE!
Now is the time to sign up for a National Green Schools Society Chapter for your school and students. Complete a  NGSS Application  TODAY. 


National Green Schools Society (NGSS) provides a k-12 student recognition and awards program for environmentally focused students who are creating extraordinary impact in schools, organizations, and communities. Many of our students join NGSS to receive recognition for environmental service projects, environmental activism and leadership, environmental STEM projects (E-STEM), school projects that focus on the environment, and group projects. NGSS often is the catalyst to start or restart an environmental club in a school, and it serves as a continual motivator for students and advisors to maintain the club each year. This year we worked with students in public, private, charter, and home school.

For 2014-2015 school year, we recognized an array of student projects that include:
  • Environmental service project building trails in the Puerto Rico rainforest
  • Recycled art and ocean project
  • Elementary education program created and delivered by high school students
  • School garden programs and outdoor classrooms
  • Student-led divestment from fossil fuels activism on a state-wide level
  • Student leadership working with a town sustainability committee
  • Science experiments looking at global warming and ocean acidification impacts
Superintendents, administrators, and teachers say that NGSS is a no-brainer - it helps them to recognize environmentally focused students and highlight their achievements.
Engage Your Fellow Students!
Ask your fellow students to join the NGSS Chapter! Put up this flyer around your school with information on your chapter or team's next meeting. 
Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

 The Karma for Cara Foundation is encouraging kids 18 and under to apply for funds between $250 and $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Whether it is turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter, they want to hear what project you're passionate about. Learn More


VolunTEEN Nation International Service Project Grants - Dealine: Rolling 

Students (ages 13-22) from the United States going abroad to volunteer or study in a developing country are encouraged to apply for an international service-learning mini-grant from VolunTEEN Nation. Grants are for up to $300 to create a service project in a developing country while you are visiting that country. Learn More
 
 

Sincerely,

Robin Organ

Founder and Executive Director

Project Green Schools