We have some great news for teachers looking to add new resources to their STEM toolbelt: The Tom’s of Maine #GreenSchoolFund is back! This year, they’re donating $1 million in matching funds to support environmental science projects across the country. That means, while funds last, every donation to environmental science projects will be doubled.
Last year, Tom’s of Maine fully-funded 2,326 projects from 1,525 teachers, reaching over 300,000 students. This year, with a match, they’re excited to help even more teachers bring environmental science to life for their students.
What sort of project can you create?
Teachers amazed us with their creativity last year. One of our favorite #GreenSchoolFund projects was created by Mrs. Torossian at PS174 in Queens. She added hydroponic gardens, a fish tank, and a butterfly kit to her classroom to teach her students about ecosystems and the interactions between plants and animals. Here’s Mrs. Torossian and her students talking about that project:
There are endless possibilities. Ms. Fox taught her elementary students to measure water quality, Ms. Lemons created a class recycling program, and Mrs. Taylor helped her students test their school’s air. Don’t forget: Like these teachers, your project should only include items directly connected to environmental science — unrelated tools like flexible seating don’t qualify for this match.
Teachers don’t need to have used DonorsChoose.org before to receive funding from Tom’s of Maine, so make sure to spread the word throughout your school, on social media, or to a favorite teacher in your life. Giving more students access to quality environmental science education will set them up to be informed and responsible stewards of our planet as they grow up.
What kind of environmental science projects are you excited to run with your students? Let us know in the comments.