More than 250 projects from 40 states were submitted and a panel of judges that include musician and actor Kevin Jonas; enterprise editor and senior reporter at The Huffington Post, Kate Sheppard; CEO of TerraCycle, Tom Szaky; 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes; and founder of the I am the Maven® blog, Kerri Jablonski, chose the ten most creative ideas as finalists. Now, communities across the country get to choose their favorite classroom lesson.
The project that receives the most votes will receive $25,000 in funding to turn their project into a reality. Second place and third place winners will receive $15,000 and $10,000 respectively and seven honorable mention projects will receive $2,000 each. The fund is also distributing more than $900,000 to classrooms across the country. As such, every educator that submitted an idea to the Tom’s of Maine “Green Your School Fund” has already received 50 percent or more in funding towards reaching their project goal. The public can also help support these projects in classrooms across the nation by contributing at http://DonorsChoose.org/greenschoolfund.
“Incorporating a healthy routine into a child’s daily life involves more than just teaching them how to take care of their bodies, it also includes teaching them how to take care of the communities where they live,” said Susan Dewhirst, public relations and goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “Our hope is that the projects submitted as part of the Tom’s of Maine ‘Green Your School Fund’ will help teachers to introduce their students to ways they can make a meaningful impact in both their school and their community, and then take these lessons and apply them as they grow into adulthood.”