Walpole, MA (PressExposure) January 12, 2010 -- The Green Education Foundation (GEF) has launched the Adopt-a-Plant for your Classroom campaign during National Green Week 2010 (February 1-5), the largest hands-on school-based sustainability campaign in history. GEF, an environmental education nonprofit, and Costa Farms, the largest producer of indoor plants in North America, are calling on schools across the country to participate in this program to improve classroom air quality, a growing concern in outdated school buildings.
Adopt-a-Plant for Your Classroom signifies the official start of the Green Thumb Challenge, the largest youth gardening initiative to date, cosponsored by Loweâs and GEF, which is calling on schools and youth groups to plant 10,000 gardens nationwide this spring. Every group registered will receive a $10 off coupon from Loweâs, to receive your coupon enroll at [http://www.adoptaplant.us].
âAdopt-a-Plant for Your Classroom is low-cost activity that gives educators the opportunity to bring nature indoors this winter,â says Jessica Drench, GEF Program Manager. âWhile most Green Thumb Challenge participants are still in the early planning stages for their spring gardens, this program is a fun and simple way to introduce plant life to the classroom.â The Green Thumb Challenge website will provide adoption papers, related research, and customized standards-based lessons to enhance the event.
âSchools are the places where children learn and develop mentally, but they are also places where kids are exposed to a wide range of environmental conditions that can affect their physical wellbeing and development,â commented Victoria Waters, president and founder of GEF. âMoreover,â continues Waters, âa childâs ability to learn is highly dependent on his or her health and physical comfort. The Adopt-a-Plant for Your Classroom spotlights this critical issue.â
In addition to the Adopt-a-Plant for your Classroom campaign schools partaking in National Green Week 2010 will participate in energy and waste reduction programs coupled with standards-based lessons and activities from GEFâs extensive online curriculum library. The nationwide goal is to eliminate a Â½ million lbs of trash and reduce combined utility costs by 5% before Earth Day.
Educators note: National Green Week 2010 (Feb. 1-5) is right around the corner! Schools and youth groups are urged to register early to receive important bulletins and updates via the online community. Visit http://www.GreenEducationFoundation.org to enroll today. All participants will receive a $10 off $50 purchase from Lowes, as well as the opportunity to win multiple Green InâAction Awards and a $5,000 grant.