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Project Green K-5th grade winner

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WFAA.com- May 1, 2013 –  “Catherine Southwick from Arthur Kramer Elementary in Dallas has been inspiring her students to be more environmentally aware, which has made the students more conscious of their actions and their effects on the environment.

She has noticed such a positive change in her students as they develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”

“Among many green initiatives that have been put into place at Arthur Kramer Elementary, Southwick oversees the gardens at the school. This activity has encouraged environmental awareness among students as well as responsibility.”

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Healthivores – Exclusive Teacher Recruiting Contest – Win a Laptop!

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Calling all teachers. We are giving away a laptop to a teacher who recruits fellow teachers to participate in Healthivores Video Game Contest this year.

Here is how it works:

  1. Tell teachers from any school about the Healthivores Video Game Contest and let them know to get started right away (deadline is March 31st).
  2. Email us at will@4cw3.org and let us know the Full Name, Email Address and School Name for each of the teachers you referred.
  3. For every teacher that you refer, that has students publish a Healthivores Game pages before March 31st, your name will go into the drawing. So, if you recruit 10 teachers who publish a Healthivores project, your name goes in the pot 10 times. This is a great chance to mentor another teacher in your area!
  4. After March 31st, we will draw the winner’s name from a hat. The more recruits the better chance of winning.

Note: We will also have a special prize for the teacher with the most recruits (minimum of 4 recruits required to win this prize).

Time Saving Tip: Students can work on the game design tutorials and their games at home and over Spring Break, so 4 weeks is more than enough time if you start within the next week or two latest (Deadline is March 31).

Here is a recruiting email to pass onto your fellow teachers to help them get started:

Dear _____________,

This Spring my students are participating in the 2013 Healthivores Video Game Contest, and I thought you might be interested in having your students be involved too.  The Healthivores Video Game Contest, is a free contest available to any K-12 public or private school teacher that strives to teach health and fitness ideas through innovative video game design.  Green Ribbon Schools provides you with free lesson plans that focus in four areas: Fitness and NutritionMathScience, and Technology.  The lesson plans are super easy to follow, and you don’t have to have any game design experience to get the students started. Also if one of your student teams wins the contest, not only do the students win a laptop, but the teacher and the school does too. AWESOME!

The deadline to submit games is March 31, but the lesson plans allow you to complete the games in just 3-4 weeks, so you still have time to get started.

Here are the steps to get started

  1. Teacher registers on GRS and starts Healthivores Project
  2. Discuss health concepts with your students
  3. Have students view the Gamestar Mechanic tutorials that show them how to design games
  4. Students design health games and submit to teacher for approval

Become an Individual Fundraiser for the Amplify Austin Event

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Do you want to support Green Ribbon Schools and Healthivores, while helping Austin reach the goal of raising $1 Million in 24 hours for over 330 non-profits?  Become an INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISER for Cyberways and Waterways (the non-profit that brings you the GRS and Healthivores programs) during the Amplify Austin Event.  Sign up to have your very own fundraising page, set your own fundraising goal, and spread the word to friends and family.

As an added bonus, once we reach 30 donors during that 24 hours period, Cyberways and Waterways will qualify for a portion of the $100,000 that University Federal Credit Union has donated to Amplify Austin. So your donation goes even further.

Why should you help?

Today’s children are the first generation in two centuries facing a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This shortened life span stems from poor physical and mental health and education deficiencies. Cyberways and Waterways develops programs that make learning and taking action around personal health, sustainability and STEM subjects fun for children, so we can reverse this alarming trend.

As you know, the Green Ribbon Schools and Healthivores programs are FREE to any K-12 private or public school.   Currently we have 90+ schools participating in Austin and close to 800 nationwide. We want to make sure we can keep the program free as we grow, and this is a great opportunity for you to help assure that we can.

Here is what you do…

Step 1

Visit amplifyatx.com

Step 2

About half way down the page you will see a grey box labeled “Individual Fundraiser Sign-Up”

Choose “Cyberways and Waterways” from the drop down menu, then click “Create Your Page”

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Amplify Austin – 24 hours to Crank Up The Giving

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March 4th at 7pm – March 5th at 7 pm

24 Hours to Crank Up The Giving

Cyberways and Waterways, the non-profit which developed both Green Ribbon Schools and Healthivores, is excited to help Austin make history by taking part in Amplify Austin, a day of online philanthropy with the goal of raising $1 million in 24 hours. 

 

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Beginning at 7pm on March 4th, 2013 hop on Greenribbonschools.org/donate, and show the rest of the world just how charitable we all can be.

Everyone who donates on Greenribbonschools.org/donate or by visiting AmplifyATX.org and choosing Cyberways and Waterways from the list of 330 non-profits participating in Amplify Austin, will receive an online musical thank you. To crank up the fun, random Austin based donors have the chance to win an in-person performance from beloved Austin musicians. How fun is that?!?

PLUS once we reach 30 donors during that 24 hours period, Cyberways and Waterways will qualify for a portion of the $100,000 that University Federal Credit Union has donated to Amplify Austin. So your donation goes even further.

DID YOU KNOW?

Today’s children are the first generation in two centuries facing a shorter life expectancy than their parents. This shortened life span stems from poor physical and mental health and education deficiencies. Cyberways and Waterways develops programs that make learning and taking action around personal health, sustainability and STEM subjects fun for children, so we can reverse this alarming trend.

As you know, the Green Ribbon Schools and Healthivores programs are FREE to any K-12 private or public school.   Currently we have 90+ schools participating in Austin and close to 800 nationwide. We want to make sure we can keep the program free as we grow, and this is a great opportunity for you to help assure that we can.

Oh! We would love for you to pass this message along to 5 of your friends, because if we can all give just a little, we can make a BIG difference in making the next generation happier and healthier!

Briargrove Elementary Welcomes GRS

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Last week Steve Amos, Executive Director of Cyberways and Waterways and Green Ribbon Schools, had the chance to visit one of our Green Ribbon Schools, Briargrove Elementary, in Houston, Texas.

Steve spent the afternoon discussing the features of the Green Ribbon Schools program with the Briargrove Elementary staff.  Green Ribbon Schools’ 3 R approach was a main talking point in the discussion, as our website gives teachers the ability to Reach, Recognize, and Reinforce, which truly alters behaviors.

The goals of the 3 R’s are…

    • Reach and involve kids with engaging STEM tools and programs
    • Recognize student achievement
    • Reinforce actions through individual and community support

The Healthivores Video Game contest is just one of the avenues on the GRS website that allows you to fulfill all 3 R’s and change behaviors.  It was fantastic for Steve to have the chance to discuss the benefits of this program with the teachers of the 3rd grade Science classes at Briargrove Elementary.  With the contest being open to K-12 students, we love to hear feedback from teachers of all grades on how students are continually challenging themselves with this contest.

The deadline to submit games for the Healthivores Contest is March 31, 2013, but our lesson plans allow teachers to complete the program in 3-4 weeks or less, so you still have time.  View all the details on the GRS Healthivores Page.