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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

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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.

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

New Greenfox Newsletter

Greenfox Newsletter
September 2011
In This Issue
Donate
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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Things You Can Compost:
From the Kitchen

Coffee grounds and filters, these are excellent
Tea bags
Used paper napkins
Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
Paper bags, either ripped or balled up
The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors
Plain cooked pasta
Plain cooked rice
Stale bread
Paper towel rolls
Stale saltine crackers
Cereal
Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating)
Cellophane bags (be sure it’s really Cellophane and not just clear plastic—there’s a difference.)
Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)
Old herbs and spices
Stale pretzels
Pizza crusts
Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)
Wine corks
Moldy cheese
Melted ice cream
Old jelly, jam, or preserves
Stale beer and wine
Paper egg cartons
Toothpicks
Bamboo skewers
Paper cupcake or muffin cups

From the Bathroom

Used facial tissues
Hair from your hairbrush
Toilet paper rolls
Old loofahs
Nail clippings
Urine
100% Cotton cotton balls
Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks

Personal Items

It might be a good idea to bury these items in your pile. Just sayin’.

Cardboard tampon applicators
Latex condoms

From the Laundry Room

Dryer lint
Old/stained cotton clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
Old wool clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces

From the Office

Bills and other documents you’ve shredded
Envelopes (minus the plastic window)
Pencil shavings
Sticky notes
Business cards (as long as they’re not glossy)
Receipts

Around the House

Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister
Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)
Subscription cards from magazines
Leaves trimmed from houseplants
Dead houseplants and their soil
Flowers from floral arrangements
Natural potpourri
Used matches
Ashes from the fireplace, barbecue grill, or outdoor fire pit

Party and Holiday Supplies

Wrapping paper rolls
Paper table cloths
Crepe paper streamers
Latex balloons
Raffia
Excelsior
Jack o’ Lanterns
Those hay bales you used as part of your outdoor fall decor
Natural holiday wreaths
Your Christmas tree. Chop it up with some pruners first (or use a wood chipper, if you have one…)
Evergreen garlands

My Son Matt and His Mower Choice

My Son Matt: My son Matt is 14 and has been helping me mow for the last few years. He started out having a small patch to mow. Next he mowed the whole front yard which is about 1/4 of an acre. And now he sometimes mows the whole lawn which is about 1/2 an acre.

Brill, NaturCut, and Fiskars: Matt started using the Brill, then chose the NaturCut, and then the Fiskar reel mower. He had difficulty with all three. The Brill was hard for him to push and couldn’t cut high grass. The NaturCut while it cut high grass was still a challenge for him to push through high grass. The Fiskars required maximum effort which meant he had to stop and rest.

The Silent Cut Mower

Mascot Silent Cut: This season we added the Mascot Silent Cut reel mower to our stable, and Matt has a new favorite. He just cut the back of our lawn in 25 minutes. It is about a 1/4 of an acre and the grass was quite high. Naturally, he is getting stronger but he is amazed at how quickly he can get the job done. Matt loves this Silent Cut push reel mower!

Brill Batteries and Chargers

Brill Batteries and Chargers: As many of you know, we are now rebuilding Brill Batteries. After being rebuilt, the batteries are better than they were when new! We can rebuild the batteries to 2.2 Ah which is what you have or to 3.0 Ah which is 30% more powerful than what you have.

Now Chargers: We can also make new chargers for you, which will charge your battery faster than the Brill charger which came with your battery.

To Order: You can make an order online at peoplepoweredmachines.com to have your battery rebuilt. We’ll process the order and send you the address to which you send your old Brill Battery. Or call 978 884 8156 to order a battery or charger.