Contest: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution

https://environmentaldefence.ca/2017/10/05/national-competition-invites-canadian-youth-share-local-plastic-pollution-solutions/

Hey, students (& Teachers)!

(Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.)

The world has a big plastic pollution problem on its hands. And there’s a creative way for you to be part of the solution.

Environmental Defence’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) Canada program has just launched its annual eco-journalism competition for youth. The theme for this year’s competition is: Your Solution to Plastic Pollution.

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For the competition, Canadian youth (ages 11-14 and 15-18) are invited to investigate solutions to plastic pollution in their communities, and share what they found through photography, videography, or writing. The deadline for this year’s competition is March 30, 2018.

Winners will be published by Alternatives Journal magazine. First place winners in each category will go on to compete in the International Young Reporters for the Environment Competition, run by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

Plastic pollution is getting out of control

Plastic pollution on a beach
Photo credit: Cristina Bergman

 

Plastic pollution is one of the fastest growing problems on the planet. Here’s a quick look at how big this problem really is:

The good news is that there are solutions. So, grab a camera and/or your notebook, and head out into your community and start exploring.

Tips to help you get started

Not sure of how to get started with your story? We can help! We have lots of great free resources on our website to help you craft your plastic pollution stories, including handbooks and instructional videos.

Visit youngreporters.ca to learn more. And good luck!

P.S. Teachers – we also have free resources to help you incorporate YRE into your lesson plans this year.

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Climate Comic Contest 2017

http://cdn.worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/2017/09/PPT-Climate-Comic-Contest-Workshop.pdf

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PARTICIPATE IN OUR CONTEST

WHAT

Learn more about climate change AND create a superhero with an earth-saving adventure! The world will vote on the top submissions at the UN Climate Conference, COP23.

The winner will bring their superhero to life in comic-book form worldwide on earth day! Are you ready to save the world?

WHY?

  • To show the world that young people are superheroes for climate change.
  • To become an official author of Comics Uniting Nations

WHEN

  • Submit your superhero by Oct 22, 2017

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2017 Kids Art Contest – Amphibians & Reptiles

frogs-are_green-header-20151Calling all children ages 3-17!

Announcing the 8th Annual Kids Art Contest! Hosted by Frogs Are Green.

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as:

  • (Best Student/Elder Collaboration; Best 3D;
  • Most Unusual;
  • Best Environmental;
  • Best Black and White.
  • Awards are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention for each age group.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017 and the winners will be announced by January 31, 2018. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted artworks are shared online, through our website, social media and in awareness materials. (By entering, you grant Frogs Are Green permission to use your artwork. Credit to artists will be included.)

This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes (so far!): The custom designed Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass straw; their winning artwork on a t-shirt provided by Big Frog Custom Shirts; and Frogs Are Green‘s newest books.

This years theme is… Amphibians & Reptiles!

Yes, children can draw any amphibian or reptile! Turtles, salamanders, frogs, snakes, lizards, and more! They can also draw rainforests, ponds, wildlife in trees or water, or how they feel about climate change, pollution, deforestation, drought, natural habitats, etc… and how you (or all of us) can help the environment. Here are a few links to provide much need information and photos for reference:

2017 poster design with featured 2016 winning artworks from the top: Vanessa Qiu, Geethma Tashani Thalangama, Minju Kim.

2017 kids art contest hosted by Frogs Are Green. Design by Susan Newman.

Kids Write 4 Kids Contest – deadline March 31, 2017

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It’s Story Time!

Are your students sharing stories on Instagram, Musical.ly or Snap Chat?  Do they write outlandish stories for classroom assignments that bring tears to your eyes? Kids Write 4 Kids is seeking children in grades 4 – 8, who have an interest in sharing tales of adventures, travel or something that makes them giggle.

Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing challenge that provides winner(s) with the opportunity to be a published author before high school. In addition to author fame, the annual proceeds from book sales are donated to that year’s winners’ schools. School(s) are also provided with the option of selling their author’s book for fundraising. Winner(s) will have an opportunity to take part in the following year’s judging panel.

Kids Write 4 Kids has published 10 winning titles from youth authors across Canada. These books are available in the Apple iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Get these links at our website.

Want to know more about the experience? Watch this video that Safaa Ali, one of our first authors, shared with us, on how Kids Write 4 Kids impacted her and boosted her confidence.

View contest details here

For tips on writing a good story, visit http://www.aaronshep.com/youngauthor/elements.html

You can also visit here to take a look at some of the previously published Kids Write 4 Kids ebooks.

 

Poster Campaign to Promote Wellness in Waterloo Region and the WRDSB School Community – Nov 18

The WRDSB has partnered with the WCDSB (Catholic Board), Lutherwood, KW Counselling and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHC) to create a poster or series of posters that promote mental well- being. These posters will be displayed in elementary and secondary schools in our Region, as well as in social service organizations and potentially common community places.

Invitation to Design a Poster

We are inviting students to design a poster that promotes the following messages:

  • Positive mental health and well-being apply to all of us (messages that are applicable to all students from JK-Grade 12)
  • Talking about mental health and getting help breaks down barriers and stigma re: mental illness
  • If a student is in crisis, contact Here 24/7 at 1 844 437 3247 or the Kids Help Phone 1 800 668 6868
  • The following apps can be incorporated into the poster: BeSafe, MindyourMind, Always There, MindShift, Virtual Hope Box but we can also add these to a bottom banner.

Please use images/concepts that will not be soon outdated, and use images, colours, graphics that are bold and catch one’s attention.

Please submit your artwork by November 18, 2016 to the WRDSB Mental Health Lead Barbara_Ward@WRDSB.on.ca.

Contact Barbara Ward at 519.570.0003 x 4558 if there are any questions.

Submissions can either be in hard or electronic copy, whatever the original is in. Your school Administrator can help provide access to scanners and inter-office Board mail service if needed.

Frogs are Green Art Contest – Dec 15, 2016

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Calling all children, ages 3-17!

Enter your best artwork into our 7th Annual Frogs Are Green International Kids Art Contest!

We will award winners in these age groups: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17. We also add categories based on what we receive, such as: (Best Student/Elder Collaboration; Best 3D; Most Unusual; Best Environmental; Best Black and White. Awards are given to 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mention for each age group.

Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016 and the winners will be announced by January 15, 2017. The winners will be featured in a blog post. Many of the submitted artworks are shared online, through our website, social media and in awareness materials. (By entering, you grant Frogs Are Greenpermission to use your artwork. Credit to artist will be included.)

This year, the 1st place winners in each age group will receive these prizes (so far!): Our new custom designed “Frogs Are Green” Strawesome glass strawand a complete set of our 5 coloring books (3 Volumes of Frog Art & 2 Volumes of Rainforest Art)!

       Contest theme: FROGS and BUGS!

Your artwork can be about frogs, amphibians, bugs, insects, rainforests, climate change, pollution, deforestation, drought, natural habitats, etc… and how you (or all of us) can help the environment.

Learn about where frogs live: streams, ponds, woods, cloud forests, rainforests… we have posted a few articles to guide you:

Learning about Frogs and Bugs

We’re looking for drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, or whatever format helps you express yourself.

For instructions on how to enter, please visit the contest website.