Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
Northern Virginia students ventured out into their communities during the 2013-2014 school year to create environmental change. Working with national non-profit Earth Force and many local community partners, students from 5 area schools were selected as finalist to present 10 projects as part of the Caring for Our Watersheds contest, supported by international agriculture company, Agrium. The finalist classrooms are presenting their progress at the School Environmental Action Showcase, presented by NoVA Outside, on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at George Mason University in Fairfax, competing for cash prizes between $300 and $1,000. All 26 program groups that applied will be eligible for project implementation funding provided by Agrium.
“The creativity this contest affords students is beneficial for our environment and the communities we serve,” says Kurt Moser, Senior Program Manager at Earth Force. “Anytime we can engage and involve our youth in environmental conversation benefits us all. They are actively seeking ways to make our communities sustainable for future generations and we are here to help them.”
The School Environmental Action Showcase provides an opportunity for students and teachers to show off their efforts and for schools, non-profits, parks, nature centers, and environment-oriented businesses to learn about each other’s projects. Approximately 500 students from Alexandria City Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools, and Fairfax County Public Schools are expected to attend, connecting with other young people and engaging in partner-led environmental activities.
“The School Environmental Action Showcase allows young people to come together and celebrate their investment in their environment,” says Elaine Tholen, co-founder of NoVA Outside. “Students are always very proud to talk about what is happening at their school and the School Environmental Action Showcase allows them to connect with their peers to share and learn.”
About Earth Force:
Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization with headquarters in Denver, CO. Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and our network of partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become life-long leaders in addressing community issues. Visit us at http://www.earthforce.org or follow us at @earthforce to learn more.
Agrium Inc. is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in Australia and North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. Agrium produces and markets three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled release fertilizers and micronutrients. Agrium’s strategy is to grow through incremental expansion of its existing operations and acquisitions as well as the development, commercialization and marketing of new products and international opportunities. Contact us at: http://www.agrium.com.
About NoVA Outside:
NoVA Outside is an Alliance of Environmental Educators who connect and teach people of all ages about their natural environment. The organization’s mission is to foster partnerships between like-minded individuals and organizations that spark student curiosity, improve content knowledge, and promote action.