Alexander Englert, of Centennial, has been elected to the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society at Gettysburg College. Englert is a member of the …
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Alexander Englert, of Centennial, has been elected to the Iota
Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society at Gettysburg College. Englert is
a member of the class of 2009.
Lowry Elementary School, in Denver, and Peakview Elementary
School, in Centennial, will receive GreenWorks! grants to undertake
service-learning projects focusing on the environment.
The grants are awarded by Project Learning Tree, the
environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation,
and Esurance, the direct to customer auto insurance company.
“These grants help support Colorado students committed to
working with their community to improve their neighborhood,” said
Shawna Crocker, Colorado coordinator for Project Learning Tree.
“This is the first time that Esurance has funded GreenWorks!
projects in Denver, and we are very excited by their support of
worthwhile projects that may not have been able to go forward
Begun in 1992, GreenWorks! grants give youth a chance to apply
classroom learning to community projects in conjunction with
environmental education training and materials that Project
Learning Tree provides to teachers through professional development
Esurance has partnered with Project Learning Tree since 2007 to
bring these grants to schools in communities near their local
The project will be completed within the next year.
Peakview Elementary School’s projects include a rock hopper
garden and nature discovery stations.
Fifth-graders will apply their math skills when they design an
arrangement of rocks for a dry riverbed and three clusters of
boulders. The rocks will serve as natural benches and stepping
stones adjacent to their playground, and alleviate damage caused by
heavy foot traffic to a group of trees.
Other classes will help create nature discovery stations such as
butterfly, mason bee, and bat houses, a sundial, and an animal
tracks panel. They will do research and design educational signs to
describe the animals’ natural habitats and needs, and to explain
how a sundial works.
“By giving students and teachers more structured opportunities
to use the school grounds for teaching and discovery, they will
become more comfortable outdoors, and gain respect and wonder for
our natural world,” said science teacher Laura Arndt.
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