Monthly Archives: April 2012

Earth Day Contest for Students, Classrooms and Schools

We came across this contest and wanted to share. We thought it would be great for our “green” friends. K-12 Online is not affiliated with the program in any way, we just like the idea of awarding prizes to students, classrooms, and schools.

After all, supporting education while being eco-friendly is what we are all about!

Students, classrooms and schools can win great prizes by putting environmental awareness to the test! Glogster EDU and the Go Green Initiative have teamed up to celebrate Earth Day 2012 by offering great prizes for the most informative and creative Glogs by individual students, classrooms, and schools.

Start off by choosing one, two, or all three of the following systems in your community to focus on: the water system, the food system, or the energy system. Then create a Glog with text, images, audio, and video demonstrating how the system(s) work in your community and ways the system(s) could be greener or more sustainable.

This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about your community and earn Earth Day-themed prizes for you, your classroom, or your school.

Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2012.

100 students with outstanding entries will win:

  • 4 students – $500 cash prize for juniors or seniors in HS who intend to pursue higher education courses in sustainability.
  • 5 students – $100 cash prize for students in any grade level.
  • 1 student – A FlipCam & the book Going Blue, co-written by Philippe Cousteau.
  • 60 students – The Discovery Channel DVD Oceanic.
  • 30 students – The Discovery Channel DVD Amazing Earth.

4 classrooms with numerous outstanding entries will win:

  • 1 classroom – A full-service end-of-the-year BBQ
  • 1 classroom – A 30 pack of Action Wipes for each student & teacher
  • 1 classroom – An official Go Green Initiative T-shirt & mug for each student & teacher
  • 1 classroom – A stainless steel water bottle for each student & teacher

27 schools with numerous outstanding entries will win:

  • 1 school – An organic garden supplied & built by Safeway, Inc.
  • 1 school – A visit from the official Wells Fargo stagecoach and horses. Students will get to take a ride in the stagecoach, local conditions permitting.
  • 25 schools – A DVD of Freedom by Sundance Film Festival Award Winners Josh & Rebecca Tickell

Are you ready to go green? Click here for more information or to enter. Good luck!!

About the Go Green Initiative

The Go Green Initiative is a global organization that trains volunteers in schools, homes, businesses and organizations to conserve natural resources for future generations, and to protect human health though environmental stewardship. We provide free and continual instruction for over 2,724 volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and in 71 countries, teaching them to quantify their environmental impact, and increase the resources their communities conserve. Click here for more information:


Celebrate Earth Day 2013 with classroom tips for going green

Happy Earth Day! We at K-12 Online are celebrating all things green with tips on how schools can become more eco-friendly.


Get Out!
Sending children outside to play can improve his or her concentration and fight climate change. A study published by researchers at the University of Illinois found that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder who took walks outdoors raised their attentiveness scores and that kids who walked in natural settings did better than those who walked city streets.


Encourage your school to offer environment-oriented field trips and activities. Earth Force is a great resource, offering programs to help educators bring environmental stewardship topics, events and activities into the curriculum.


Grow Really Local Food.
Planting a vegetable garden is an inexpensive way to obtain fresh, pesticide-free food that hasn’t traveled hundreds of miles to reach your plate. For novice gardeners, visit your local nursery or gardening store and if your space is limited, consider the Kitchen Garden Planner from Gardener’s Supply Co. to learn how to get 50 pounds of produce from a three-by-six-foot garden. It’s a great project for students and schools can create their very own farmer’s market, helping to generate additional funds.


Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Together.

From recycling to composting to using less water, eco-friendly activities can start right in the classroom. Help students calculate their environmental footprint using The Conservation Fund’s Carbon Zero Calculator. Let kids type in the numbers, and talk with them about what their footprint means. Then involve the children in steps they can take to make it smaller.


Power Down Your PC.
The reduction of paper usage and consumption by implementing eco-friendly, cost efficient processes leads us to spend more time on our PC’s and electronic devices. However, when not in use, cut electricity costs by unplugging and/or turning them off. U.S. companies waste almost $4 billion annually on nighttime electricity for computers, according to recent studies. Instead of leaving your PC in hibernation at the end of the day, power it down.


Walk or Bike to School.
One-third of all traffic comes from commuters. Encourage your school to host a bike to school/work day for the local community (which can also be done as a fundraiser) or participate in the National Bike to School Day on May 8. Use alternative transportation when possible and if you must drive, go slower with proper tire inflation. It lowers emissions and saves fuel, tires…and lives.



Online Application and Registration Affordable for Small Schools Through K-12 Online

One of the toughest challenges in education is managing a small school. Budget cuts instituted on a statewide level affect both large and small districts alike, however, smaller schools tend to feel the crunch more when operating on an already meager budget.

In an age where everything is shifting towards digital, small schools cannot afford to fall behind. K-12 Online is the first online application and registration system to cater to small schools. Although the web-based application is designed for schools large and small, public and private, the product offers a solution for those districts and schools that otherwise would not be able to afford it.

This could not be more apparent than in a recent encounter between K-12 Online owner, Michelle Sam, and a private school principal.

Upon returning from lunch, Michelle was saddened to hear a voicemail from a small school who had a demo scheduled for later that day. The caller, who in a proactive attempt not to waste anyone’s time, apathetically decided to cancel the demo. She had just completed a demo with two other online registration companies and had come to the conclusion that the software would just be too expensive for their little school.

Michelle immediately returned the call, outlining K-12 Online’s software product and providing a rough estimate of cost. The caller was elated! She decided to go ahead with the demo and ultimately the school became K-12 Online’s newest client – the burden of affordable online application had been lifted.

“This is why we exist,??? explained Michelle Sam, owner K-12 Online, “I want small schools to have the same advantages and be able to operate with the same efficiency as larger schools and districts. Because we are committed to improving the education system as a whole, making online application affordable for small schools in the end ultimately benefit parents, teachers, administrators and students alike.???

Savvy schools know their future requires them to become more integrated with parents, teachers and students. The world we live in is becoming increasingly interconnected and small schools can’t afford to be left behind for the sake of our children, nor can they afford to pay large amounts of money to implement the necessary improvements.

K-12 Online was developed to combat the problems of school wastefulness and the excessive time and energy required to register K-12 students year after year. K-12 Online’s solution helps schools overcome online application and registration hassles by streamlining the process to be more cost effective and eco-friendly.

Finally, small schools and school districts can afford an online application, enrollment and registration system that not only saves them time, money and resources, but also helps generate money through fundraising tools.


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