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Three Schools Win Environmental Education Grant (February, 2008)

Frisco Schools Receive Three GreenWorks! Grants

Gunstream faculty members learn activites for Project Learning Tree

Gunstream Elementary, Corbell Elementary and Sem Elementary Schools of Frisco Independent School District will be awarded grant money to fund classroom learning through community projects, according to an announcement from Project Learning Tree and Esurance, partners in the GreenWorks! initiative.

Project Learning Tree (PLT), is a national environmental education program sponsored by the American Forest Foundation. Together with Esurance, PLT sponsors GreenWorks! Grants to give students a chance to apply classroom experiences to community projects, in conjunction with environmental educational materials provided through PLT.  This year there were 19 recipients of grants nationally.

In Frisco, Gunstream Elementary has held an Environmental Awareness Science Night with each grade planning learning stations with hands-on science activities. The Frisco Urban Forestry Board also presented information on local trees. The project will culminate later this school year with a neighborhood tree planting at the school.

Corbell Elementary kindergarten classes are planning a project entitled “It’s Lovely Neighborhood!” Students will observe trees on the campus and around the community, indentify the species, and learn about the impact of these trees on the environment. At the end of the spring semester, they will present their findings to the rest of the school and parents.

    

Sem Elementary has scheduled an Environmental Day on April 29, 2008, for first graders to reinforce classroom work on renewable and nonrenewable resources. The Frisco Urban Forestry Board will conduct “tree tours” in the neighborhood and dedicate a tree to the 2007-2008 first-grade class. Fifth graders will work with their younger counterparts to create a pamphlet about the community’s trees.

Frisco ISD schools work closely with Project Learning Tree. Elementary Science Specialist, Melanie Cornelius of Frisco ISD, was named one of the PLT National Outstanding Educators in 2007.

Pictured above: Gunsream teachers and staff learn activities for Project Learning Tree Curriculum.