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1 Idle Free at Your School Resources and Ideas for Making Your School an Idle Free Campus This presentation is copyrighted and may be used with permission from:

2 In 2009, Governor Herbert declared September Idle Free Awareness Month Collaboration of State, municipal, and private organizations working to reduce vehicle idling time across the state More than 200 elementary schools have participated Schools work to educate parents and bus drivers about the impacts of idling

3 State Resources idlefree.utah.gov Online Campaign toolkit Idling facts and impacts information

4 State Resources idlefree.utah.gov Idle Free Brochure A printable pdf, helps parents and school bus drivers understand the purpose of the Idle Free Campaign

5 State Resources idlefree.utah.gov Idle Free logo and poster Available from Utah Clean Cities office in the Salt Lake City & County building Call Irene Rizza,

6 State Resources idlefree.utah.gov Sample school news article MP3 Dont Idle jingle

7 Putting it into action How do I turn this into a successful Idle Free Awareness campaign at my school?

8 Week-long event with a year-round emphasis Air quality is a year-round issue: Idle Free Awareness Week teaches students about our air and why its important (can be held in the fall) During the winter months, poor air quality sometimes keeps students indoors during recess Use this event as an opportunity to organize parent- volunteers to help during the stay-in recess days In the spring and summer months, ozone is an issue You can save the posters from this event and hold a reminder rally in the spring

9 Putting it into action 1.Meet with the principal History of the state-wide campaign and available resources Relevance to student health Opportunity to engage the school community Possible Green Schools project (through USEE) 2.Find an available week on the school calendar

10 Putting it into action 3.Then, build a committee from existing, active groups at your school PTA School Community Council Faculty and/or student Green Team

11 Idle Free Committee Tasks: Decide on your weeks eventsget creative! Divide the 6 main responsibilities 1. Contact Utah Clean Cities to obtain Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free decals and metal signs for your school before the event

12 Idle Free Committee Tasks: Divide responsibilities 2.Create the event flier and contact the district for press coverage The district has a press liaison who can send a press release

13 Idle Free Committee Tasks: Divide responsibilities 3.Who will present at the assembly One of you, or will you arrange for a guest speaker? Is there a 5 th or 6 th grade class that would like to write a song or present a skit at the assembly?

14 Idle Free Committee Tasks: 4.Organize the poster-making party Are materials available through school, or will they need to be collected/donated? Solicit volunteers from local high-school to help students create their posters and help clean up after Make sure names and class room # is on every posters back

15 Idle Free Committee Tasks: Divide responsibilities 5.Organize the rally Will students need parent permission to participate? Distribute posters to classrooms before rally Extra volunteers keep it organized and safe Be ready for the media 6.Conduct a post-event wrap-up How to sustain it Lessons learned for next year

16 Breathe Utahs Idle Free resources Idle Free Assembly PowerPoint from Breathe Utah teaches kids: the science of air quality how our it effects their health what they (and their families) can do to help pollute less while protecting their health

17 Breathe Utahs Idle Free resources Idling Gets You Nowhere ¼ sheet flier Parent volunteers can hand out at rally to drivers

18 Breathe Utahs Idle Free resources Idle Free Awareness Week flier sample (Word doc)

19 Breathe Utahs Idle Free resources Emergency Air Quality Plan Printable version or online Great take-home action for families to prepare for poor air quality together

20 More Ideas Poster-making party Students create their own Turn your key inspired posters for the rally Invite the media Collaborate with a local high-school art or service class: invite them to help your students create their posters and to help clean up after

21 More Ideas Red-Air Day sign up options Ask what class/grade Collect s Create a listserv Collect cell number and provider from volunteers for text alerts

22 More Ideas Plan ahead for a springtime rally Collect signs after first rally Plan another sign-making party Utilize breatheutah.org/resources info on ozone and summertime health

23 More Ideas Tie balloons on the Turn Your Key signs posted around pick-up areas Hold an Idle Free poster contest Hang rally signs in school hallways between poster party and rally Encourage walking school buses

24 More Ideas Reward drivers (buses, too!) who are not idling Supply the principal with a list of air quality facts to incorporate into daily announcements that week Use your Idle Free Week as a Green Schools project

25 Let us know! Share your schools story with us Tell us what worked, what youd do different, and how we can help


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