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Support WKAR, Support Trees

This is the week the environmental holidays of Earth Day and Arbor Day take place. Many think “green” during this week, but what can you do to celebrate?

Planting trees is one of the easiest ways to make a large impact on your surroundings. The benefits of that one tree will be felt for generations to come as it grows and matures. But what if you don’t have the space to plant your own tree? Than this may be a perfect option for you.

For the second time, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) will be partnering with WKAR on an Earth Day pledge drive. A portion of each pledge received by WKAR on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 will be donated to MADA’s Go Green Youth Challenge program. The Go Green Youth Challenge seeks to educate the youth of Michigan about the importance of trees and their role in both the environment and their lives. It also is a tree planting program. Participating students have the opportunity to win tree plantings for their school or community and tree planting grants are awarded each fall to communities across the state. All money raised for this program goes right back into Michigan.

Your donation, no matter how large or small, can help bring new trees to  our state.

So please consider donating to WKAR tomorrow. You CAN make a difference!

For information, check out WKAR’s website:  http://wkar.org/post/make-gift-plant-tree

 

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Lansing BWL Supports the Trees!

For Immediate Release

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Media Contact:

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

(517) 543-5848 ext. 5

miarborday@gmail.com

 

 

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports Go Green Youth Challenge

 

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance initiative raisesawareness for the trees

 

LANSING, Mich., April 7, 2014 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance announced today that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) is stepping up to contribute $5,000 to support its Go Green Youth Challenge program.

 

The Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) engages Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Children, pre-K through 12th grade, were challenged to collect coins, as an individual, classroom or club, from Jan. 13 – March 31, 2014. The coins collected will directly fund community tree plantings and statewide outreach efforts.

 

“We are proud to be a part of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Team. The BWL recognizes the value of supporting a program that emphasizes the benefits of a community outreach that encourages youth participation.   It is important that we continue to educate our kids to understand the vital role trees play in our communities”. Lynn McKinstry – Manager, Electric System Operations for the BWL.

 

“This is a great boost to this program. The Board of Water and Light has been a great partner for several years. We are excited to partner once again to raise awareness about the importance of trees and involving youth in that conversation,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

 

The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded a tree planting in their community and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 25 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

 

In addition to the coin collection program, the GGYC Creative Writing Contest was back again this year. K-12 students were urged to utilize their imagination and tell us what it would be like “If Trees Could Talk.” This contest received nearly 300 entries this year. Winners will be announced in April. Details and past winners can be found on our website at: www.miarbordayalliance.com/creative-writing-contest.

 

For program information, contact Michigan Arbor Day Alliance at gogreenyouthchallenge@gmail.com or visit www.miarbordayalliance.com.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.

Our Writing Contest Has Been Extended!

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance has extended the deadline of their Go Green Youth Challenge Creative Writing Contest! So there is still time if you have a Michigan K-12 student who enjoys writing about nature.

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IF TREES COULD TALK… Writing Contest Deadline Approaches

THERE’S ONE WEEK LEFT TO SUBMIT WRITING CONTEST ENTRIES!

The Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) Creative Writing Contest seeks to engage students by getting them to explore their imaginations. K-12 students are eligible to submit a short creative writing piece of any type to express what they think it would be like “If Trees Could Talk.” There are three age categories and first, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each. Entries must be postmarked by March 10.

In addition to the writing contest, the GGYC features a fundraiser challenge. The GGYC fundraiser challenges students to raise money to plant trees in Michigan. The individual, classroom or club who raises the most will win a tree planting of their own, an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration in Lansing, and other assorted prizes. All money raised will go directly toward funding community tree plantings and statewide outreach efforts. Entries must be submitted by March 31.

The GGYC celebrates all that trees give us by engaging Michigan’s youth in community development and service-learning through a friendly statewide competition. Details, rules, and entry forms on both of these contests can be found at www.miarbordayalliance.com. If you have any questions please email  miarborday@gmail.com or call (517) 543-5848 ext.5.

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ITC Michigan Supports Go Green Youth Challenge!

ITC Supports Go Green Youth Challenge

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance initiative seeks to inspire and engage

 
LANSING, Mich., Feb. 24, 2014 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is proud to announce that ITC Michigan is contributing $10,000 to support the 2014 Go Green Youth Challenge initiative.

 
The Go Green Youth Challenge will engage Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Children, pre-K through 12th grade, are challenged to collect coins, as an individual, classroom or club, from Jan. 13 – March 31, 2014. The coins collected will directly fund community tree plantings and statewide community outreach efforts.

 
“ITC actively supports key educational and environmental programs across the state, including the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance,” said Gregory Ioanidis, president of ITC Michigan. “We are proud to contribute to positive change throughout the region through public and private partnerships, especially those that engage youth and support environmental stewardship.”

 
“ITC is a fantastic partner in this initiative; their passion and support of this program has helped us expand and make this program what it is. We are excited to partner again with ITC to raise awareness about the importance of trees and involving youth in that conversation,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

 
The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded a tree planting in their community and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 25 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

 
This challenge will feature the Creative Writing Contest once again this year. K-12 students are urged to utilize their imagination and tell us what “If Trees Could Talk.” Students across the state submitted a grand total of 479 entries in the 2013 contest! Hopes are high for the second year to see just as good a turnout. Details and rules can be found here.

 
For more information or to sign up for the Go Green Youth Challenge, contact Michigan Arbor Day Alliance at gogreenyouthchallenge@gmail.com or visit www.miarbordayalliance.com.

 
The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.

 

ABOUT ITC MICHIGAN
In Michigan, operating entities ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) serve most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

 
ABOUT ITCTRANSMISSION:
International Transmission Company (d/b/a ITCTransmission) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITCTransmission owns, operates and maintains approximately 2,800 circuit miles of transmission lines in southeast Michigan, serving a population of 5.1 million.

 
ABOUT METC:
Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, METC owns, operates and maintains approximately 5,500 circuit miles of transmission lines in the western and northern portions of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, serving 4.9 million people.

2014 Student Contests Announced!

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr, Ste. 3

Charlotte, MI  48813

(517) 543-5848 ext.5

miarborday@gmail.com

Contests for Trees Inspire and Engage

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s (MADA) Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC) program celebrates all that trees give us by engaging Michigan’s youth in community development and service-learning through a friendly, statewide competition. The program has two parts, a fundraiser and a writing contest.  K-12 students are encouraged to participate in one or both.

The fundraiser challenges students to come up with ways to raise money to plant trees in Michigan. Some ideas might be: bake sales, pop can drives, seed sales, classroom coin wars, get pledges for a walk-a-thon…the sky is the limit! The individual or team who raises the most will win a tree planting for their school or community as the Grand Prize winner. All money collected directly funds community tree plantings and statewide outreach efforts.  Also consider incorporating an environmental message in order to teach as well as fundraise.

The GGYC Creative Writing Contest seeks to engage Michigan students by getting them to explore their imagination.  All K-12 students are eligible to submit a creative writing piece of any type and tell us what it would be like “If Trees Could Talk.”  Prizes are available to students for both the fundraiser and the writing contest. 

The GGYC fundraiser runs from January 13 until March 31, 2014.  The Creative Writing Contest begins on the same date, but entries are due by mail a bit earlier, March 3, 2014.  Complete program details, rules, and entry forms can be found on our website at www.miarbordayalliance.com.

Since the program began in 2011, Michigan’s youth have helped plant over 600 trees in communities across our beautiful state.  We invite you to join the cause and Go Green in 2014! 

We would like to thank everyone who participated, including our sponsors:  ITC Holdings Corp., Lansing Board of Water and Light, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Eaton Conservation District, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, and WKAR.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.  Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to Michigan communities.

 

MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Go Green Youth Challenge!

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The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Go Green Youth Challenge!  This year’s program featured two very different components, but had one unified message – celebrating the benefits of trees.

The original Go Green Youth Challenge was a fundraising contest.  Teams collected money in any way they could think of in order to raise funds to plant trees in Michigan.  This year, through school participation and sponsorships, this program raised over $16,824 to fund tree plantings.

Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner of the Go Green Youth Challenge fundraiser – the Smith Middle School Ecology Club from Troy.  Together they raised $250!

The 2013 Challenge was different because the program also included a Creative Writing Contest.  Students K-12 were invited to submit a short piece of writing expressing what trees meant to them.  We had a total of 479 contest entries from across the state!  Congratulations to the top entries and Thank You to everyone who participated.

Grand Prize Winner – Nathaniel C. from Bloomfield Twp.

K-4th

First – Mattye T. from Beverly Hills

Second – Anna R. from Northville

Third – Sophia W. from Beverly Hills

5th-8th

First – Julianna K. from Oakland

Second – Jessica R. from Perry

Third – Kayla D. from St. Johns

9th-12th

First – Jordon M. from Brooklyn

Second – Ellen Z. from Troy

Third – Zach C. from Northville

We hope you enjoyed this year’s contest.  Be on the lookout next spring for another chance to participate!

Thank You for making Michigan greener

New Grand Prize for Creative Writing Contest!

PRESS RELEASE

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Contact Information:                                                                                              

Jennifer Hunnell

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance

551 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 3 Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone:  (517) 543-5848 x 5

Email:  miarborday@gmail.com

Website:   http://www.miarbordayalliance.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On or after 2-19-13

 

New Grand Prize for Creative Writing Contest

 

CHARLOTTE, MI – The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) has announced today that they will be adding a new prize to their Go Green Youth Challenge Creative Writing Contest.  In addition to the first, second and third prizes for each age category, there will also be one overall Grand Prize of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

The Creative Writing Contest is open to all Michigan K-12th grade students.  Public, private, charter and homeschooled students are all eligible to participate.  The writing contest will have an environmental theme each year, this year’s theme being “What Do Trees Mean to You?”  Students can submit any type of creative writing (i.e. essay, short story, poem, etc.) fewer than 300 words, and remember originality and imagination count!

This contest runs alongside the Go Green Youth Challenge fundraising program, where students raise money to plant trees across Michigan.  Both contests have a deadline of April 1, 2013.  For full program rules and details, please visit www.miarbordayalliance.com and look under the Go Green Youth Challenge and Creative Writing Contest tabs.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s Go Green Youth Challenge engages Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan.

MADA is a coalition of organizations and agencies dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Arbor Day throughout Michigan.  Our dedication comes from our belief in the importance of trees and their role in community health and well-being.  Since 1993, MADA has provided educational programs and services to Michigan communities.

This is the 20th Anniversary of the MADA program.  We encourage you to celebrate with us and Go Green in 2013!

 

MADA is a program of the Eaton Conservation District

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports 2013 Go Green Youth Challenge

Lansing Board of Water and Light Supports

Go Green Youth Challenge

 Michigan Arbor Day Alliance initiative raises awareness for the trees

 

 LANSING, Mich., February 7, 2013 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance announced today that the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) is stepping up to contribute $5,000 to support its Go Green Youth Challenge program.

 The Go Green Youth Challenge will engage Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Children, pre-K through 12th grade, are challenged to collect coins, as an individual, classroom or club, from Jan. 14 – April 1, 2013.  The coins collected will directly fund community tree plantings.

“We are pleased to support an initiative that emphasizes community outreach and youth participation, especially one with such a long-term impact.  Trees are an investment in our future,” said Alan Carroll, Principal Engineer for the BWL.

“This is a great boost to the Go Green Youth Challenge.  We are excited to partner again with the Board of Water and Light to raise awareness about the importance of trees and involving youth in that conversation,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded a tree planting in their community and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 26 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

In addition to the coin collection program, there will also be a Creative Writing Contest in the 2013 initiative.  K-12 students are urged to utilize their imagination and tell us “What Do Trees Mean To You?”  The contest will run alongside the coin collection.  Details and rules can be found at www.miarbordayalliance.com/creative-writing-contest.

For more information or to sign up for the Go Green Youth Challenge, contact Michigan Arbor Day Alliance at gogreenyouthchallenge@gmail.com or visit www.miarbordayalliance.com.

 

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.

Make Your Go Green Youth Challenge Collection a Success!

We want your Go Green Youth Challenge to be a success.  The greatest tip we can offer is don’t be afraid to customize your fundraising campaign.  Think of ways your community likes to get involved in projects and incorporate that into your efforts.  We have come up with tips we think will help you run a successful campaign.

  • Talk about why trees are important.  Ask yourself, friends, parents, teachers and anyone else you can think of the following questions: Why do we need trees?  What do trees provide for humans? Do trees provide different services for wildlife, insects, birds, etc?  Explore the world-wide web for information about trees. Or click here for information about trees.
  • Challenge yourself to set a goal.  You will have more success if your goal is realistic and achievable.
  • Brainstorm who you can team up with.  Perhaps your classroom, school, youth group, business, friends and family, etc.
  • Spread the word.  Let people know about your efforts to raise money for trees. You can send letters, put up flyers, call people, email, whatever it takes to get the word out.
  • Think about how you can raise money – get Creative!  Ask friends and family for donations. Hold a garage or bake sale.  Collect pop cans from neighbors.  Power off electronics at home and donate the money saved.
  • Talk about where in your community trees are needed…….schools, neighborhoods, parks, etc.
  • Contact a local professional to learn about trees in your area.  Your local city or town might even have an urban forester on staff.
  • Get excited and motivated!  Decorate a collection jar, make a banner or anything else you can think of to kick off your campaign.

Hopefully, these tips will get you started and thinking of ways to run a successful Go Green Youth Challenge.  The sky is the limit.  All it takes is a little creativity and you will be on your way.  Don’t forget we want to hear how you did.  Send your photos, drawings, or letters to gogreenyouthchallenge@gmail.com.

** Modified and Re-posted from January 11, 2011 **

ITC Michigan Supports Go Green Youth Challenge

ITC Supports Go Green Youth Challenge

Michigan Arbor Day Alliance initiative raises awareness for the trees

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 14, 2013 – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance announced today that ITC  is contributing $10,000 to support its Go Green Youth Challenge initiative.

The Go Green Youth Challenge will engage Michigan youth in environmental stewardship, community development and service-learning through a statewide effort to plant trees in Michigan. Children, pre-K through 12th grade, are challenged to collect coins, as an individual, classroom or club, from Jan. 14 – April 1, 2013.  The coins collected will directly fund community tree plantings.

“ITC is pleased to lend our support to worthwhile causes, including this one to support Michigan Arbor Day Alliance,” said Gregory Ioanidis, president of ITC Michigan. “We are proud to contribute to positive change throughout the region through public and private partnerships, especially those that engage youth and support environmental stewardship.”

“This is a great boost to the Go Green Youth Challenge.  We are excited to partner again with ITC to raise awareness about the importance of trees and involving youth in that conversation,” said Jennifer Hunnell, Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program Coordinator.

The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded a tree planting in their community and an invitation to the State Arbor Day Celebration on April 26 at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

In addition to the coin collection program, there will also be a Creative Writing Contest included in the 2013 initiative.  K-12 students are urged to utilize their imagination and tell us “What Do Trees Mean To You?”  The contest will run alongside the coin collection.  Details and rules can be found at www.miarbordayalliance.com/creative-writing-contest.

For more information or to sign up for the “Go Green Youth Challenge,” contact Michigan Arbor Day Alliance at gogreenyouthchallenge@gmail.com or visit www.miarbordayalliance.com.

The Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is a program of the Eaton Conservation District.

 

ABOUT ITC MICHIGAN

In Michigan, operating entities ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) serve most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

ABOUT ITCTRANSMISSION:

International Transmission Company (d/b/a ITCTransmission) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITCTransmission owns, operates and maintains approximately 2,800 circuit miles of transmission lines in southeast Michigan, serving a population of 5.1 million.

ABOUT METC:

Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, METC owns, operates and maintains approximately 5,500 circuit miles of transmission lines in the western and northern portions of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, serving 4.9 million people.

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