Deadline: March 31, 2010
This first annual essay contest from the Thoreau Institute of the Walden Woods Project asks students to respond to Thoreau's famous call to "live deliberately." In 500 words or fewer, students are prompted to consider what their own deliberate lives look and feel like. Essays will be judged in two age categories: 13–16 years and 17-21 years.
GreenWorks! Service-Learning Grants Awarded
Through its service-learning program GreenWorks!, Project Learning Tree provides grants up to $5,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental projects. Students "learn by doing" through community action projects they design to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment. PLT recently awarded 33 GreenWorks! grants for service-learning projects in 23 states. Since 1992, PLT has distributed over $800,000 to fund nearly 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country.
Nominate a Teacher for the 2010 Presidential Awards
Deadline May 1, 2010
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest award a K–12 math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. The President officially names up to 108 teachers annually. Awards alternate between elementary and secondary teachers—with elementary teachers eligible in 2010—and are given to teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the outlying territories, and Department of Defense schools.
Siemens We Can Change the World Competition
Deadline: March 15, 2010
NSTA, the Siemens Foundation, and Discovery Communications partner to conduct this sustainability education competition for students to develop innovative green solutions for their schools, homes, and communities. This competition will involve a team of students identifying, researching, and recommending a solution to an environmental problem in their community.
Community POWER Grants
Deadline: March 15, 2010
Community POWER (Partners on Waste Education and Reduction) is a project of the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board that supports innovative, community-based approaches to waste reduction, toxicity reduction, and recycling projects. For nine years, Community POWER has educated and actively engaged over a half million residents of the six-county twin-city metro area in waste reduction by partnering with "non-environmental" organizations and schools. $168,000 is available, supporting projects up to $12,000 each.