Two Teachers Awarded Sustainability Scholarships

Congratulations to Paula Hayes, Woodfin Elementary, and Dacia Harris, Asheville High School, who have each been awarded a $200 Sustainability Education Scholarship (SES) to attend a sustainability workshop with Ashevillage Institute (AVI). Hayes is developing and sponsoring a group of 5th grade students as the Woodfin GO GREEN Club. Not only will her students be responsible for campus recycling, GREEN projects will be topics for classroom research, science fair, and writing assignments throughout the year. The Backyard Sustainability workshop will support her efforts at the school. Harris, Earth and Environmental studies co-teacher, is a new teacher and is working toward her environmental educator certification from the State of North Carolina. She will participate in the Rainwater Catchment workshop and work with her Earth & Environmental Science teammate to develop hands-on curricula. The SESs support a registration fee to AVI's Backyard Sustainability workshop on October 3 & 4 or AVI’s Rainwater/Greywater Catchment workshop on November 6 & 7, 2009. Each teacher is encouraged to bring one student to the workshop with them, if they choose, at no charge. Additional Scholarships Needed In the last two weeks, ten amazing teachers were nominated for two SESs. Pollinate Consulting and AVI have donated the first two and encourage community members, parents, friends of teachers, and businesses to consider making a tax deductible contribution to the SESs for additional area teachers. One 2-day scholarship is equal to $200. To support a scholarship, please call 828-989-8361 or email pollinateconsulting@gmail.com as soon as possible. Checks can be made out to Ashevillage Institute, SES in memo line, and mailed to 82 Buchanan Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.

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