May has been a busy month here at Greenfox Schools! In addition to our spring programs and classes, our team has taken part in several events to benefit local students and the environment. We are exited to share with you a bit about the wonderful things we have been a part of this month and the events we have in store! Read on to find out more!
Greenfox’s Earthfest After Party
Join us this Thursday, May 26 at Kitty O’Sheas where we will hold our EarthFest After Party! Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a fun night of friends, drinks, and great raffle prizes, while giving back to the environment & local school children! Help us reach our goal of raising $5000 to expand afterschool programs.
To learn more about this event, click here or visit our event page at http://www.facebook.com/greenfoxschools.
This past Satuday, May 21st, the Greenfox Team hosted a booth at Boston’s 92.9 Earthfest 2011. The event, which annually attracts over 100,000 people, was a huge success! Greenfox Schools’ Development Coordinators, Tara Fortunato and Kat Parkinson Gaska, organized Greenfox’s participation at the event, and were joined by Greenfox5 Global Fellow, Cece Santos, and Founder, Kristen von Hoffmann. The team was on hand running a seed-planting activity for hundreds of children and visitors who stopped by to check out Greenfox Schools, and the team educated visitors about Greenfox Schools’ educational programming and mission. Children and visitors at our booth planted a variety of organic vegetable seeds in compostable pots, which they decorated and took home to plant.
Fresh Pond Day
Fresh Pond Day was a great success this year at the Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge, MA. On May 7, many people came out to celebrate one of the city’s largest open spaces with nature walks, story telling, and many other activities that celebrated our local environment.
Greenfox Schools ran a booth at Fresh Pond Day and helped with the Adopt-A-Tree program. In an effort to increase the number of trees in Cambridge, the Adopt-A-Tree program, headed up by Ranger Jean Rogers, gave residents free pine, spruce, and cedar seedlings. Greenfox team members Ashlee Dahlberg, Tara Fortunato, Kristen von Hoffmann, and Audra Burns handed out trees to residents and talked with children and families about tree care and Greenfox educational programs.
Greenfox at Climate Change Summit
On Saturday, May 23rd, Greenfox Schools was represented at Youth CAN’s annual Climate Change Summit at MIT. The summit brought together students in grades 7-12 and educators of students in grades 7-12 for a day of workshops, entertainment, and a key note address from Colin Beavan, No Impact Man. The special theme of this year’s summit was food, and students were empowered to become educated consumers who understand the importance of their food choices for personal health and the health and sustainability of the larger community.
A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability
Cece Santos, Greenfox5 Global Fellow, has written a recent article for Greenfox Schools entitled, “Urban Sustainability and Society.” Check it our on our blog. Cece writes about a lecture she recently attended at Boston University’s “Discoveries Lecture Series” on behalf of Greenfox Schools. The lecture was called “We Are What We Eat: Issues of Food Supply,” and Cece writes about Professor Nathan Philip’s take on how to balance industrial food systems with high quality-of-life standards. Her take-home point was the simple question, “do my daily actions help the planet or drain it?” This question, she explains, can help students as well as adults take their first steps towards a sustainable lifestyle.
We hope that you enjoyed our May Newsletter. Don’t forget to visit us online at http://www.greenfoxchools.com to learn more about the organization and to find out how you can get involved. Thank you for your support!
All the best,
Greenfox Schools Director