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Kristen’s Letter – Road Race to Raise Funds

Dear Friends,

I am competing in the Boston Mayor’s Cup 5K race next Sunday, October 23rd in honor of Greenfox Schools. It would feel wonderful if you can consider making a donation.

I feel warm and sparkly inside when I am doing work that helps people. It feels good to put my time and energy into something that is bigger than myself, and that is for children and the future of our planet. Sustainability feels important to me because our global population is almost at 7 billion people, and this number will grow to 9.1 billion people by 2050.

Greenfox Schools has grown from an idea into a full-fledged non-profit comprised of staff and volunteers. We have a small office in Cambridge, MA, and we partner with schools in Cambridge and Boston to provide after-school programs, curriculum, and clubs that teach youth about environmental sustainability through science, technology, engineering and math in a fun, hands-on way. There is a fast-growing demand for our services, but we need to raise the money to hire and pay our staff so that we can expand.Please help us by considering to make a donation.

Each contribution is incredibly meaningful. 100% of your donation is tax deductible.

Thank you so much.


New Greenfox Newsletter

Greenfox Newsletter
September 2011
In This Issue
Fall Programs
Green Goals
Race for Greenfox

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More About Us
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Click here to donate! Learn more about giving to Greenfox Schools and how your donation makes a positive difference in the lives of children and the future of our planet.
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Fall is here, and this season’s Greenfox programs are off to a great start! Kids and teachers are back in school, which means school and after school programs are gearing up. Fall is a great time for everyone to get outside, go apple-picking, visit a pumpkin patch, or rake up the leave in your yard (and compost them)! In this newsletter, we hope to tell you about what we are up to at Greenfox this fall and to let you know what we have in store for the season.
Fall Program
This September marked the start of Greenfox Schools’ 2011/12 school year programming. We expanded to five schools this year, providing classes at the Harrington, Haggerty, King/Amigos, Tobin, and Morse schools. We’ve recently finished our first week of instruction to great success! We have a diverse collection of age groups, grade levels, and learning abilities in our classes and we are excited to work with each and everyone.

We have also brought on two new teaching interns this fall, Sarah Stickney and Karl Daruwala to assist in the classroom. Sarah is a long-time friend of Greenfox and has extensive experience both in the non-profit and education sectors. Karl is a Lesley University student focusing on Early Childhood Education and aims to bring his knowledge to the classroom.

We are geared up for an exciting curriculum this fall that includes organic gardening, building recyclable inventions, and learning about wind power and the concept of an eco-friendly supply chain. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more updates from the classroom!
Green Goals!
With the new season comes a great opportunity to make a change in your life that is good for you and the environment! Greenfox is encouraging all of our readers to set a green goal for your home, classroom, or office this fall.

Not sure what you can do? Here are some ideas:
*Start an ink cartridge recycling program at your office.
*Eliminate toxic chemicals in your classroom. Use only non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products.
*Compost at home. Start a vermi-compost bin in your kitchen or build a composter in your back yard.
*Walk to work. Leave the car at home more often.
*Bring your lunch in a re-usable bag every day.

Let us know your goal! Send us a description and photos of your project and you may be featured in our next newsletter! We will also post goals and projects on the Greenfox Schools Facebook page.
Kristen Will Race to Fundraise for Greenfox

Kristen von Hoffmann, Chair of the Greenfox Board, will compete in the Boston Mayor’s Cup on Sunday, October 23rd in Boston, Massachusetts, in honor of Greenfox Schools. She is asking friends, family, and supporters to donate to Greenfox Schools by visiting our donate page. Says Kristen, “It feels really good to be running for our 501c3 non-profit. I feel great knowing that any money we raise will make it possible for children to learn more about sustainability, feel joy, and make a positive difference towards the future of their planet. Thank you so much for considering to make a donation.”

PFEWG/Greenfox5 Model Helping School District

Greenfox Schools’ founder Kristen von Hoffmann is currently in the full-time role as sustainability manager for the Cambridge Public School District in Massachusetts. Superintendent Jeffrey Young has just announced a press release for the Cambridge Green School Initiative, which will be directed by Kristen, and which is based on the Greenfox5/PFEWG TM categories of change in the sustainability areas of Products, Food, Energy, Waste, and Greenspace. The initiative takes into account sustainable operations, design, and practice among all of our schools, and utilizes our new District website and weekly e-mails for up-to-date communications. The initiative is based upon the PFEWG™ model for sustainability that encompasses all operations in the categories of Products, Food, Energy, Waste, and Greenspace. Click here to read more.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our organization and the projects currently underway. Don’t forget to let us know what you and your community are doing to make the world a greener, better place! You can always find out more about our latest projects and updates on our website and Facebook page. Thanks for reading!

All the best,


Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director

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Children get fit with a NaturCut reel mower and support President and Mrs. Obama’s fitness challenge

First Lady Michelle Obama’s  “Let’s Move” campaign and the Presidential Active Lifestyle award program challenges familes to choose gardening as an outdoor activity and to use a push mower to mow the lawn.

The Can-O-Worms composter makes great compost

Children can enjoy composting with the Can-O-Worms Composter

Mowing your lawn with a push reel mower can add to a healthy lifestyle and benefit the environment.  The Let’s Move Campaign and the Presidential Active Life Style Award Program are targeting the problem of childhood obesity in America. Getting children involved in gardening has been a focus of David Temple, a former teacher and founder of

Rolypig is a fun way to get children involved in composting and you can sponser a child for the Junior Entrepeneur Program (JET) to help a child start a small lawn-mowing business.

The Rolypig Composter will  entertain as well as educate your children on how to compost and will deliver great fertilizer.  Open the snout of this adorable pig and turn kitchen scraps into fertilizer for your garden. has lots of fun and educational information for kids on gardening and the environment