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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.

Student Opportunities Galore!

If you are a teacher looking for opportunities to get your students involved in the outdoors, there is no better time than right now.

 
In addition to the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s Go Green Youth Challenge initiative that was announced earlier this month, several organizations hold environmental education programs and competitions during the spring and summer months.

 

4thgradeforestersAlong the lines of the Go Green Youth Challenge’s tree theme, the Fourth Grade Foresters program encourages fourth grade students around the country to get more involved in the message of Arbor Day by planting and caring for trees.  Fourth Grade Foresters USA was created to provide a simple and inexpensive way for any individual, business, or organization to send 4th grade elementary students in their area home with a tree of their very own to plant.  Sponsoring a school provides each 4th grader an individually packaged 12-18″ evergreen seedling.  The tree species is selected based on what will do best in each state’s climate.  And as an added bonus, this program supports a special sector of the workforce; each tree is packaged for distribution by workers with disabilities.

 

 

envirothonAnd if you are a teacher of older students, there are programs for you too!  The Michigan Envirothon is celebrating its 20th year this year.  This program is for teams of high school students and focuses on using the outdoors as a classroom, utilizing diverse “eco-stations” as competition testing sites, and interaction and training with professionals in a wide variety of environmental fields.  It is an exciting and challenging way to provide students with natural resources and environmental science education.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing a natural resource issue in their own communities through hands-on problem solving and community education.  Regional competitions begin March 11, 2014.

 

IMG_0165-resizedAnd if you happen to live in Eaton County, there is one more opportunity you may be interested in.  The Eaton Conservation District is co-hosting a Science Adventure Camp for 4th and 5th grade students June 16-20, 2014.  This is a new program, begun just last year, but the response so far has been outstanding!  This camp is an opportunity to get youth excited about science.  The focus is on outside, hands-on, fun activities.  Topics include:  geology, ecology, biology, rocket science, chemistry, and more!  Cost for the full week is $10 per student.  There are a.m. and p.m. sessions.  Volunteers are also needed.  If interested, visit the Eaton Conservation District’s website for more information and how to register.

2014 Student Contests Announced!

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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.

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2013 Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grants

The 2013 Go Green Youth Challenge was a great success, exceeding goals set for the program in 2012.  We had over 200 Michigan students participate in the fundraising portion of the program, which takes place from January until April each year.  These students learned about the importance of trees to their communities while helping to create a greener Michigan.  With the help of Michigan’s youth, as well as program sponsors, this year’s Challenge raised $16,193!

As a result of this, the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance is once again offering their Go Green Youth Challenge Tree Planting Grants.

Eligible applicants include non-profits, local units of government, tribal governments, public educational institutions, churches, neighborhood associations and public libraries.  All applicants must be in Michigan.  Grants can be funded for up to $2,000 and can be used for the purchase of trees.  As of this posting, funds can only be used toward tree purchases, however this may change in the future to include other planting and tree care supplies.

Grant applications are due by mail by August 19, 2013.  Unfortunately, email and fax submissions are not accepted at this time.  Funded applications will be notified in September and planting projects must be completed by December 31, 2013.

You can download an application by clicking the hyperlink or by visiting our website.  The page for the grant also contains links to helpful information for tree species selection, planting, and maintenance.  A Tree Planting Guide produced by MADA is also available within the website on the Education page.  View previous grant plantings by checking out our Photo Album.

If you have any questions regarding this grant or any of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance’s programs, please contact Jennifer Hunnell by phone at 517-543-5848 ext. 5 or by email at miarborday@gmail.com.

pic 3-cropped2012 Grant Planting Project in the Village of Sparta

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!

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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 **

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