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February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

I have greatly enjoyed working with the Newton Marasco Foundation. Their ideas to protect the environment are innovative and purposeful. They walk their talk by providing a variety of opportunities for our younger citizens to gain more knowledge and/or get involved through projects that focus on the environment. I am specifically involved in the children's literature project, "The Green Earth Book Award" as a reviewer on two selection committees. The award categories have advanced from 1 in 2005 to 4 awards in 2011. This is a great way to get children, their teachers and families aware of the issues involving our planet.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the success of the Green Earth Book Award. Hopefully the award will generate new books and authors/illustrators who promote environmental stewardship for children. The books give our future generation ideas and power to improve/protect our environment.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to get more national recognition for the Green Earth Book Awards. During Earth Week, this award should be featured on all of the national networks (The Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen, Morning Joe, etc.) as the first and only children's book award that not only rewards children's literature about the environment but also emphasizes stewardship, empowering children in ways they can help the earth.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. It has enhanced my passion for finding ways to do my part in protecting my planet.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Each of us needs to do a little bit to help the environment. Working with NMF has made me more knowledgeable and wiser in ways to do my part. It also has empowered me to share what I learn with my college students at Salisbury University and also with the schools with whom I work.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

For the past several years Loudoun Valley High School graphic design students have participated in promotional poster design competitions for various Newton Marasco Foundation events. Students have also helped develop a project logo. Currently, LVHS students are preparing entries for the “Through Our Eyes” Photo Contest. This partnership has provided students invaluable “real world” experiences with client relationships and the design process, as well as expanded understanding of environmental issues. Students are presented with poster objectives, client preferences and event background during an initial meeting with members of the NMF staff. After further research and brain storming, students present their designs for review and feedback. The final adjusted designs are submitted for judging. The rewards for this project go far beyond the winners monetary award and recognition. Each student develops valuable communication skills, self-confidence and appreciation the designers place in the business world. Through the research required to produce their designs, students explore environmental issues and consider how they can help promote awareness leading to positive change.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the enthusiasm I have witnessed in my students for the art and science involved in the NMF projects.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

encourage even more student participation within the Loudoun Valley Cluster and...the World!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

As a winner of the Green Earth Book Award, I can tell you personally that their efforts to acknowledge and support science and environmental writers provide a much-needed boost to us psychologically and professionally. Science writers do not tackle educational books for young people with any hopes of getting rich. In fact, it's probably the least appreciated field of children's writing. Nonetheless, good science books need to be written and published if humanity is to have any hope of tackling the severe problems we all face. The Green Earth Book Award is just one of many things the foundation does to boost awareness of children's science and environmental books and encourage writers and artists to keep producing top-notch material. The year I won the award, the foundation also arranged for me to speak to school students in Arlington, Virginia. That one talk has led to more than two dozen other school visits in the area, ensuring that thousands of other kids learn exciting and valuable aspects of science. On a personal level, I have to add how sincere and genuine the foundation staff is. Their passion has made me a real believer in this group, enthusiastic about their continued success.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the response of children to the talks that NMF has organized.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion and sincerity of its members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, kind, and effective.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its reach to more children outside of the immediate area.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

as always, funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

NMF is very well-organized, with people who KNOW they can make a difference. They network extremely well to achieve their goals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

I have served on the Executive Board of the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for almost 3 years. I have worked in the environmental management consulting industry for more than 25 years. I work for a global environmental management and engineering consulting firm called Tetra Tech. NMF's mission is to inspire our nation's youth to be responsible environmental stewards. NMF is led by Amy Marasco (President) and an Executive and Technical Board made up of professionals who are passionately dedicated to teaching our youth about environmental stewardship and whose life long careers have involved protecting the environment and promoting responsible environmental stewardship. NMF specifically focuses its programs on our youth to inspire the next generation to be good environmental stewards. NMF has many wonderful programs including the nationally acclaimed Green Earth Literature and Book Award; Field It - a school habitat and outdoor classroom program; and EnGAUGEit - a program that encourages drivers to regularly check their care time pressure - saving money, saving lives, and protecting the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. NMF is a lean organization that is highly effective in leveraging its funds and programs to maximize the impact of every dollar it spends. Amy and the NMF staff are highly committed to making a difference in this world. I am honored to serve on NMF's Executive Board and I highly recommend getting involved with the NMF if you are excited about the potential to teach and inspire the next generation to be responsible environmental stewards. Mark F. Johnson

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by serving on the Executive Board and participating directly in various programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it to obtain more funding to grow its wonderful environmental programs for youth.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping to teach the next generation about environmental stewardship.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly dedicated to NMF's mission of inspiring responsible environmental stewardship.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a broader impact in the United States to teach youth around the country to be responsible environmental stewards.

Ways to make it better...

Could not be better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

obtaining additional funds to broaden the impact of their programs nationally.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a great foundation with a highly dedicated President and staff who work hard everyday to teach our youth about environmental stewardship.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I spoke at Salisbury University and two schools when My book, Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal pool was given a Green Earth Book Award honor by the Newton Marasco Foundation. The foundation did an excellent job in organizing these events and creating a great educational experience for kids in the area by meeting so many visiting authors. In promoting quality environmental literature for children, the foundation is helping them to get more exposure to an important subject that may not be adequately addressed in school. From a personal perspective the award was a great inspiration to me to continue to write books with environmental themes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting the dedicated staff, fellow authors and kids who have read my books. These sorts of things are a real boost to motivate me to continue to write books that will make a difference to the kids who read them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I have written books that won the Green Earth Book Award in 2007 and a Green Earth Book Award Honor in 2009. In addition to meeting with several school groups and participating in the Salisbury University Children's Literature Festival, I have participated in two panels of GEBA winners at major reading conferences. All these activities, expertly organized by the Newton Marasco Foundation, have brought exposure to my books as well as to NMF's important work. Children are spending less and less time in the natural world today. How can we expect them to preserve and protect it as adults if they don't grow to love it and respect it as children? Thank goodness there are organizations like the Newton Marasco Foundation who are finding fun, creative ways to show children (and adults) the importance of environmental stewardship.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

promoting literacy and environmental stewardship through work related to the Green Earth Book Award

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their dedication and professionalism. they are very open minded to new ideas and always looking for innovative ways to fulfill their mission. Their program also gave me the rare opportunity to meet other authors with the same interests as mine.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, hard working, deeply committed to the organization's work

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer more programs to individual schools and communities across the country and around the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

I received the Green Earth Book Award from the Newton Marasco Foundation for my novel, The Blind Faith Hotel. Along with other award-winning authors, I was invited to present to groups of students and take part in a celebration which was open to the community, as well as participating in Salisbury University's Children's Writing Conference. I was extremely impressed with the dedication, commitment and creativity of Newton Marasco board members, employees. They are filling an important niche in the environmental community and spreading awareness of the need for a curriculum that encourages sustainability and concern for the world we all share.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the spirit of the people who are involved in it. They are selfless, energetic, and truly believe in their mission, and are able to get others excited as well.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 11, 2010

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February 11, 2010

I have been involved with the Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) for several years, and have tremendously enjoyed my role formerly as a corporate patron and now as a volunteer. For the past three years, I also have had the distinct honor and pleasure of serving as a review panelist for the Foundation’s illustrious Green Earth Book Award (Picture Book Category). This annual contest was established “to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment.” Each year authors and their illustrators are awarded in four categories: Picture Book, Children’s Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Nonfiction. I can say without a doubt that this annual contest, coupled with the Foundation’s partnership with the annual Salisbury University Children and Young Adult Literature Festival, has equally inspired me and my fellow panelists to make a stronger and lasting commitment to being responsible environmental stewards. Reading and judging each year’s books about our environment and natural world, and then participating in the Foundation and University’s spring festival and meeting and hearing from the diversity of authors is an event unmatched in the environmental nonprofit community. I commend the Foundation for its ground-breaking work promoting and inspiring literature read by our children and young adults.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting and collaborating with people from all walks of life that hold a similar passion and commitment to environmental protection and stewardship!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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