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EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES Autumn 2011 SPECIAL DAYS OF AUTUMN… These events to are great ways to expand your world. Find something that interests you and get involved! The websites posted have resources, activities, and more. 2011 is the INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS and part of the

International ‘Water for Life’ Decade (2005-2015)

SEPTEMBER Library Card Sign-up Month National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sept. 4 National Wildlife Day Sept. 16 Constitution Day: Sept. 21 International Day of Peace: Sept. 24-30, Take a Child Outside Week: Sept. 24-Oct. 1 Read A Banned Book Week:

OCTOBER National Energy Awareness Month

Oct. 9-15 Earth Science Week: Oct. 16-22 National Chemistry Week: Oct. 17-23 Kids Care Week: Oct. 18 Mix it up at Lunch Day: Oct. 24 United Nations Day:

NOVEMBER Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 13-19 Geography Awareness Week:

DECEMBER Universal Human Rights Month

Dec. 5

International Volunteer Day:

Dec. 14-Jan. 5th Great Christmas Bird Count:

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GROUP PROJECTS JOURNEY NORTH: UNITING CHILDREN ACROSS NORTH AMERICA Every autumn, students across the United States and Canada send symbolic monarch butterflies to Mexico. Children at the monarch sanctuaries in Mexico protect the butterflies and send them north in the spring. United by these amazing butterflies, children across North America learn lessons of conservation and ambassadorship. To participate, visit the Journey North website and download the free 8-page teacher packet at Butterflies must be mailed by October 11, 2011.

MIX IT UP AT LUNCH DAY Remember the “cool table” in the school cafeteria? The table of “geeks”? The cliques and the backstabbing? Isn’t it time we got past all of this? Students thrive socially and academically in schools that are inclusive. Where cliques include everyone and no one is left out. October 18th is Mix It Up at Lunch Day. The Mix It Up project seeks to break down the barriers between students so there is more acceptance and fewer misunderstandings that can lead to conflicts, bullying and harassment. Join the national movement and register your school for Mix It Up today! Visit the Teaching Tolerance website at for free activities and posters to support a successful Mix It Up Day that will reverberate throughout the school year!

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble; Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble THE INTERNATIONAL BOILING POINT PROJECT Students all over the world are boiling water to discover which factor in an experiment (room temperature, elevation, volume of water, or heating device) has the greatest influence on its boiling point. The project runs from Sept. 27 through June 10th; it’s free and open to students of all ages. Learn more and register at

TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF Children who learn to care and connect with other children around the world become adults who care and connect with others around the world. Trick or Treat for UNICEF provides a great opportunity for kids to make a big difference for children everywhere by collecting small change during Halloween. UNICEF provides nutrition, medicine, and education to help kids thrive around the globe. Teaching kits, posters, and videos narrated by Selena Gomez are available through UNICEF’s website—and don’t forget to order your orange UNICEF boxes for collecting money! WONDERS OF EDUCATION is made possible by Biodynamics, Inc., producers of the television series WONDERS OF THE WEST for FUNDING PBS. Visit OPPORTUNITIES us online at

GRANTS and FUNDING LOWE’S TOOLBOX FOR EDUCATION If you had the funds, what would you do for your school? Increase parent involvement? Build community relationships? Start a new school tradition? At a time when schools are struggling to make ends meets, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is making grants available for up to $5,000 for one-time project needs. Application deadline is in October.

KIDS IN NEED TEACHER GRANTS The purpose of these grants is to provide $100-$500 for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas. A project may qualify for funding if it makes creative use of common teaching aids, approaches the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or ties nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Applicants must be K-12 certified teachers working at a public or private school. Application deadline is in September.

WAYS TO HELP invites teens in the U.S. to apply for grants to fund their community service ideas across any one of 16 issue areas including animal welfare, homelessness, fitness, and recycling. Grant requests are reviewed and responded to on a monthly basis.

CEDAR TREE FOUNDATION GRANTS The Cedar Tree Foundation makes grants for environmental education and environmental health. Particular consideration is given to proposals demonstrating strong elements of environmental justice and/or conservation. The Foundation welcomes letters of inquiry and will respond to those it might like to pursue further.

BEST BUY TEACH @15 AWARDS Teens can nominate their schools for a Teach@15 Award this fall. Every day, teen members can vote for one nominated school (one vote per student per day). At the end of each 15 day voting period, votes are tallied and schools with the most votes will receive a Best Buy Gift Card. Check their website for additional opportunities!!

ADOPT A CLASSROOM Adopt-A-Classroom partners donors with teachers so you can have funds to purchase critical resources and materials for your classroom. Register your classroom to be posted on the Adopt-A-Classroom website for donors to select. When adopted, you will have full discretion to purchase items that meet your unique classroom needs. WONDERS OF EDUCATION is made possible by Biodynamics, Inc., producers of the television series WONDERS OF THE WEST for PBS. Visit us online at

CONTESTS U.S. CONSTITUTION DAY POSTER CONTEST K-12 students (including home schoolers) are invited to design a poster showing how they have benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 1, 2011.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible. Registration is $90; deadline is Oct. 15, 2011.

TOTEM HEAD’S STORY CONTEST A storywriting contest for students 18 years old and under. Stories should be 1500 words or less. Winners will be published on and will receive $50 cash and a Certificate of Achievement. Entries are due before Dec. 31, 2011.

ACTS OF KINDNESS CONTEST Children aged 3-10 are encouraged to perform acts of kindness for their community, individuals and each other. This is a contest to inspire elementary school children and their parents to help those in need and at the same time teach compassion and love for others.

EVERYDAY YOUNG HERO AWARD The Everyday Young Hero program is awarded w eekly to a young person, age 5-25, from around the world who exemplifies an extraordinary commitment to service. Nominations must come from a parent, teacher, or other adult mentor.

FREEBIES SUNNYD: EARN 20 FREE BOOKS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM! SunnyD has a special promotion to help teachers add to their classroom library. Collect 20 UPCs from participating SunnyD products to earn 20 FREE BOOKS for the classroom! The th promotion ends November 30 .:

SPIGOT SCIENCE MAGAZINE A wonderful free on-line magazine and resource dedicated to promoting science literacy for students and their teachers.

Wishing you a WONDER-FILLED autumn!! WONDERS OF EDUCATION is made possible by Biodynamics, Inc., producers of the television series WONDERS OF THE WEST for PBS. Visit us online at

Wonders of Education-Autumn 2011  

For teachers, parents and students. Days to celebrate, group project ideas, grants, contests and freebies.