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1 GREEN RIBBON SCHOOLS: HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, SMARTER KIDS

2 W HY G REEN R IBBON S CHOOLS ? Before the What…Let’s talk about WHY Green Ribbon Schools Reduce obesity stewards of resources improve test scores trim budgets!

3 T EXAS C HILDREN IN N ATURE C OALITION – 60+ ORGS. Solution Green Ribbon Schools BOUT Help students reach their potential, healthier, happier, smarter

4 O PEN TO P UBLIC AND P RIVATE SCHOOLS 500+ Texas Schools Schools BOUT

5 4 Cornerstones of a Green Ribbon School – Build over time

6 GRS - P ERMISSION B ASED – P URPOSEFUL I NTERACTIONS Green Ribbon Schools – Open to any school

7 U SING THE W EBSITE Using the Program Website – Resources and Ideas

8 G REAT P UBLISHED A CTIVITIES Great Published Activities

9 D IGITAL P ORTFOLIO FOR E NTIRE S CHOOL Clean Green Slate (recognition) & Moderation

10 Publish all your schools projects

11 H EALTHIER, H APPIER, S MARTER, K IDS Engaging Students – Fabric of the School – Contest and Grants

12 F UN, E NGAGED, L EARNING – F IND Y OUR V OICE Healthivores: Students Asking, Discovering, Applying

13 “ Kids don’t think about their health” “ Not cool … not discussed …” District Teacher of the Year and a Culinary Arts Teacher Extend Healthivores Within Fabric of the School Establish a Culture of Wellness Where it is Cool to Think and Act ‘Cause YOU are Worth It

14 K NO WE NO UGHTOA CT "Engaging children in nature exploration and play helps prevent obesity and related diseases, nurtures physical fitness, enhances overall development and well being, and adds fundamental dimensions to learning science concepts not available in the confines of classrooms.” Dr. Joe Frost, the Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus in The University of Texas at Austin College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Texas Children in Nature Coalition member

15 H EALTHIER, H APPIER, S MARTER, K IDS Next - Encourage your teachers to: Sign up on GRS site – no charge Start a project relating to YOUR project Include your organization name in the “key words, tags” when the teacher sets up a project Students publish photos and videos Tip: have teacher include you as moderator to help review work and approve publishing Publish project results and show progress over time Tip: check out the intro videos on home page and help Have fun

16 H EALTHIER, H APPIER, S MARTER It’s About the Kids – Wellness - Future 0

17 Steve Amos Healthier, Happier, Smarter

18 " Children...may spend their childhoods with little or no opportunity to play in clean dirt, swim in clear, running streams, hear and see animals in their natural habitats, feel the sensations of walking through meadows and woodlands on dewy mornings, climb trees, and explore wild places. These are the experiences that bond children to the natural world, sharpen their senses, inspire a sense of beauty, build emerging concepts of biology, geology, physics, and language. And they are critical brain building experiences for complementing the physical, social, and cognitive skills developed in recess, free playground play, and compact nature areas in backyards, schoolyards, and neighborhood parks." Dr. Joe Frost, the Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus in The University of Texas at Austin College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Texas Children in Nature Coalition member


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