I wrote a book review of One White Dolphin for The Nature Generation's eco-reading contest and I won! I'm glad I know about these kinds of books on nature because they help teach me about the environment.
I am very grateful to the Nature Generation for their efforts to establish the Green Earth Book Award program. As a winner of the award, I have seen first-hand, the positive effect on influencing publishers to accept more books that advocate environmental stewardship! Keep up the hard work! It is paying off! KUDOS!
I am a 6th grade student who went to the water testing event on the Chapman DeMary Trail. I learned a lot about how we can tell if the creek water is clean and why it is important for everyone to help.
The Newton Marasco Foundation has been a strong supporter of Hillsboro Elementary School for the past three years. The foundation has donated books for the school library. The foundation has worked with other organizations to donate plants, a water feature, and other items for our school gardens. They have organized school events such as building bluebird boxes.
NMF's consusltants guided us through the process of creating a wildflower meadow. The goal was for students to be decision makers and for them to be empowered to create an outdoor classroom and wildlife habitat which would benefit them academically. NMF staff was essential in providing information and advice about everything from the logistics through the implementation of the meadow. I was very impressed with the support and expertise of the staff. And the meadow is thriving!
NMF has been an integral part of our school for over 6 years. NMF staff has brought people, equipment, ideas, and programs to our school. These programs have given students in our environmental studies classes and our graphic design classes many opportunities to develop environmental friendly programs in the school as well as in the community. Our students have one awards and recognition for the work they have done in relation to NMF and the opportunities the foundation has brought to students in our school. For example, NMF sponsored a poster competition among our students for The Rachel Carson Centennial and our 3 students' posters were featured on capitol hill. The EnGaugeIt program mentioned in one of the other reviews is an ongoing project that will be sustained by future students in our school and in our community. NMF has sponsored the development of a nature trail that serves as one of our outdoor classrooms for our environmental studies programs. NMF was instrumental in helping to forge the relationships that lead to the land through which the trail winds being donated for the purpose of the nature trail. NMF has become an integral part of our school and community, always puts the environment and students first, and has been integral in developing the vision of environmental stewardship in our community.
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.