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Greenfox Newsletter

Season’s Greetings!

This month brings to a close another wonderful year here at Greenfox Schools! After moving into our new office space in Cambridge and bringing on board Will Nguyen, our program director, in August, we were able to expand our after school programs into several new Cambridge schools. Next semester, we will continue to grow, collaborating with Somerville schools to bring engaging environmental education after school programs to even more children.

So many of these wonderful accomplishments were made possible by the generosity and support of you, our community. This holiday season, please consider making a donation to Greenfox Schools to help us continue to grow in 2012. Every contribution is incredibly meaningful and makes a difference in our ability to provide quality programs and impact the lives of children in our community.

IMPRESSED by Nature and Greenfox
This month, boutique jewelry company IMPRESSED by nature has decided to partner with Greenfox Schools. IMPRESSED by nature will donate 10% of proceeds from the month of December to Greenfox Schools. These one-of-a-kind earrings and necklaces make wonderful eco-friendly gift for the holidays. To view the full collection and/or make a purchase, please visit the online shop at IMPRESSEDbynature.etsy.com. Here’s what IMPRESSED by nature founder and Greenfox Schools board member Kyla O’Neill had to say:

“I started creating hand-pressed flower and leaf jewelry during the summer of 2011. I was inspired by the petals of the Peruvian lily and thought, “I would love to be able to preserve these and share their beauty with the world.” Peruvian lily earrings were the first piece I made, and from the feedback I received, I started to think that this new hobby could really become something! The people I met were so impressed with the uniqueness of the jewelry that I felt the name IMPRESSED by nature was only fitting.

I hand press all of the natural materials I use and then seal them in thin plastic laminate to highlight the color and detail of the petals and leaves. I am especially inspired by what I find right outside my door, in abandoned parking lots, and between cracks in the sidewalk. My jewelry allows me to capture this raw beauty and preserve it long beyond it’s natural life.

Since my membership on the board of Greenfox Schools and my launching of IMPRESSED by nature jewelry hold several common beliefs, I thought it would be exciting to connect the two. This month IMPRESSED by nature will be donating 10% of its proceeds to support the expansion of Greenfox Schools programming. Please visit my online shop at IMPRESSEDbynature.etsy.com.”

Kristen Presents at Leadership Conference
For the third year in a row, Kristen von Hoffmann, Founder and Chair of Greenfox Schools, was invited to speak at the Women in Leadership Conference held at Yale Law School, hosted by the Yale Women’s Leadership Initiative (YWLI). The conference was held on Saturday, November 12th, 2011.

Kristen was on the panel entitled “Women in Social Entrepreneurship,” speaking alongside Jennifer Galvin, Founder and Producer of Reelblue, LLC, and Ruth DeGolia, Co-founder and Executive Director of Mercado Global. The panel was presented to women’s leadership attendees, students, and business professionals. Kristen, Jennifer, and Ruth answered questions about women’s leadership in business, strategies for revenue growth, and tenets of social responsibility.

When asked about her values, Kristen said, “We rise by lifting others, and that applies to the impact we have on a widespread basis, and that applies to the way we treat each other on a daily basis. Treating people well is important.”

Karl’s Take
Karl Daruwala has been an intern with Greenfox Schools since August 2011. Below he shares a bit about his experience working with classes in Cambridge elementary schools:

“So far my time working in the Greenfox organization has not only been interesting and fun, but it has also enabled me to grow professionally. Sustainability is a fairly complex idea. Therefore it has been interesting to see how the children in the class (mostly kindergarten aged) have developed their own ideas on sustainability. Despite the fact that the children I am working with are young, they are starting to understand some of the individual components that make up sustainability. Through the lesson plans that both Mr. Will Nguyen and myself are using in the classroom, the children are starting to become much more eco-conscious.”

If you’d like to make a safe and secure donation to Greenfox Schools online, please click here. If you have any questions about donating or would like to request more information about Greenfox Schools, please do not hesitate to contact us.

From all of us here at Greenfox Schools, happy holidays and best
wishes for a prosperous and healthy New Year!

Sincerely,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

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Greenfox Newsletter

Greenfox Newsletter
November 2011
In This Issue
Donate
A Word from Will
Sarah’s Scoop
Karl’s Take

Greetings!

In this season of giving thanks, we at Greenfox Schools would like to thank all of you for your ongoing support. Greenfox has had a great year working with students across Cambridge and helping to instill in them the value of protecting and understanding our environment.

This month’s newsletter focuses on the importance of sustainability and the programs we run with fresh perspectives from our program director and teaching interns. These individuals make a difference each week in the lives of children around Cambridge and in the articles that follow, they share those perspectives with you.
A Word from Will Nguyen
Greenfox fall programming is in full gear as we move past the halfway mark for classes. We have currently covered all 5 categories in the Greenfox5 model, including lessons around the water cycle (Greenspace), organic gardening and composting (Food / Waste), recycled paper (Products) and solar / wind power (Energy). Sustainability is our future and these programs provide a unique opportunity to connect it on a fundamental level with our children, who will be the ones that will be our future.

Karl Daruwala and Sarah Stickney have been outstanding Teaching Interns and their full thoughts on the program will be listed in more detail in this newsletter. I’m excited to be working with such an amazing team here at Greenfox and we will finish the semester strong. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sarah’s Scoop
I’ve had a wonderful experience helping with the Greenfox after-school programs this fall. I have been working with a class of six kids at the King Amigos School near Central Square in Cambridge, and we’ve been able to teach most of our classes outside in the City Sprouts garden. Highlights include turning the compost (the kids were really excited about it!), making and hanging pollution catchers, creating water cycle models, and making recycled paper. All of the kids are smart and engaged, and it feels great to be teaching them interesting and useful environmental concepts. I think the Greenfox programs are making a big impact in Cambridge public schools!

Karl’s Take
I’ve had a wonderful experience helping with the Greenfox after school programs this fall. I have been working with a class of six kids at the King Amigos School near Central Square in Cambridge, and we’ve been able to teach most of our classes outside in the City Sprouts garden. Highlights include turning the compost (the kids were really excited about it!), making and hanging pollution catchers, creating water cycle models, and making recycled paper. All of the kids are smart and engaged, and it feels great to be teaching them interesting and useful environmental concepts. I think the Greenfox programs are making a big impact in Cambridge public schools!

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving that you enjoyed our newsletter this month. Visit our website and Facebook page to learn more about our programs and the way they are impacting students across Cambridge each day. Stay warm and think green as we head into the holiday season!

All the best,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

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.

Kristen

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Greenfox Schools Founder to Run Road Race

Dear Friends,

As you may know, I’m a board member for a great 501c3 non profit organization called Greenfox Schools, that partners with schools in the greater Boston area to provide sustainability education & environmental programs for youth. It would be wonderful if you would consider making a donation in honor of our organization, as our fellow board member Kristen von Hoffmann competes in the upcoming Boston Mayor’s Cup.

This cause matters to me because it is all about sustainability and how to make real changes in our daily habits.

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.

To make a donation go to: http://www.greenfoxschools.com/donate_35.html

Thank you so much for your consideration.

David Temple

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Greenfox Newsletter
September 2011
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Fall Programs
Green Goals
Race for Greenfox
PFEWG/Greenfox5

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Greetings!

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

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

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Greenfox Newsletter
August 2011
In This Issue
Donate
Fall Programs
Greenfest
Kroka

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Greetings!

Summer is coming to a close and here at Greenfox we are gearing up for the new school year. Read on to find out more about what the Greenfox Team has been up to this summer and what we have in store for the fall!
Fall Programs

As we head into our second year of programming, there are exciting things in store for Greenfox Schools! Building upon our success last year, we have expanded our programming with Cambridge Community Schools to include the Morse School. We will continue offering programs at King Open, Haggerty, Martin Luther King Jr./Amigos, and Tobin Schools. We are also excited to bring on two new interns: Kiersten Abate and Sarah Stickney. Kiersten will be our Program Support intern and be responsible for crucial aspects of grant writing and recruitment. Sarah will be our new Teaching Intern and will be assisting Will, the Program Director, in teaching classes this fall.

Greenfest

This past August 18th – the 20th, the annual Boston Greenfest took place at Boston City Hall. It is an all-ages event that focuses on every aspect of environmental sustainability from improving home insulation to showcasing latest eco-friendly technologies to incorporating sustainability into everyday habits. A host of local organizations and civic groups participated, including non-profits, towns, and small businesses. Greenfox Schools was no exception and we were present to hand out flyers and publicize for our teaching positions this fall, as well as our organization’s mission and impact in the community.

photo from Boston Greenfest website

Kristen Visits Kroka
This August, founder Kristen von Hoffmann spent a week volunteering at a farm and wilderness camp called Kroka Expeditions, located in Marlow, New Hampshire. Kroka runs programming throughout the year, and is a place that is committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service.

While at Kroka, Kristen worked with a group of ten and eleven-year-old students as an assistant counselor, living in the forest with the children and learning traditional and indigenous skills from the group leaders. Together they hiked mountains, cooked all of their food over fires, slept on hemlock boughs in a traditional native dwelling, carved wood, sang, paddled boats, swam, and played.
Kroka offers wilderness adventure, community living, and farming and was founded by Misha Golfman and Lynne Boudreau in 1996. To learn more about Kroka, please click here.

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of the Greenfox Newsletter. To find out more about the organization and projects currently underway check out our website or follow us on Facebook. Thank you for your ongoing support!

All the best,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

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Greenfox News!

Greetings!

Summer is here, and while the school year has ended, the Greenfox Schools Team is still in full swing. We have been busy throughout the year developing the organization as a nationally recognized non-profit. This month, Greenfox officially received 501(c)3 non-profit status. This is exciting news, as it means that Greenfox Schools is now eligible for grants and funding to help expand our staff and make our programs even better. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make this accomplishment possible!

Read on to learn more about the wonderful things happening at Greenfox Schools this month!

Greenfox Welcomes New Program Director

Greenfox Schools is excited to announce that Will Nguyen will be joining our team this August as the new Program Director! A recent graduate of Notheastern University’s graduate school of public administration, Will comes to Greenfox Schools with experience and know-how in the non-profit and education sectors. Click here to learn more about WIll and his plans for Greenfox programs next fall.
Greenfox in the News

On June 9th, BostInnovation chose Greenfox Schools as a leading innovator in Boston. Founder Kristen von Hoffmann describes what makes Greenfox Schools so unique in the field of non-profits in an article published by BostInnovation, entitled, “Greenfox School’s Sustainability Education: Creating a New, Niche Market in Boston.” The article was part of BostInnovation’s featured series that week highlighting leading non-profit innovation in Boston. The series aligns with New England’s first Tech Gives Back citizenship day. To read the full article, click here.
Earthfest and After Party

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Greenfox Earthfest After Party at Kitty O’Shea’s in Boston on May 26! The event was great success, raising significant funds to go toward Greenfox’s school programs in the fall. To see photos and read more about the event, click here. If you were not able to make it to the event but would still like to contribute, please visit our donate page.
Celebrating Summer
This month, Greenfox after school students celebrated all that they learned with Greenfox Schools throughout the year. The students painted murals, designed green schools, and made salads from the vegetables they planted earlier in the spring in the school gardens. These culminating activities allowed students to look at sustainability holistically and to understand how the concepts they learned throughout the year apply to their daily lives.

Thank you for reading our June 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,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com