Photo: A representative
of SET SEG Insurance Services presents the MASB Education Excellence
road sign to Copper Country Intermediate School District superintendant,
Paul Ollila, and Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental
Education director, Shawn Oppliger. Loret Roberts, the Center's administrative
assistant is on the rear.
The Western U.P. Center for Science,
Mathematics and Environmental Education is the official sponsor
of the “Kids Can Make A Difference” Earth Day program.
The program invites K-12 classes and community youth groups from
Baraga, Houghton, Keewenaw, Gogebic and Ontonagon counties to initiate
an Earth Day project in their communities that demonstrates that
kids can make a difference. Students design and implement an action
project that enhances the school or community, or select an environmental
topic to study and teach others about. Examples of projects organized
by students and youth groups participating in past years includes
conducting school-wide recycling or litter pick-ups, establishing
a school garden, constructing bird-nesting boxes, peer-reading between
high school and elementary students, and designing Earth-friendly
shopping bags. All participating groups receive an Earth Day award
certificate, a token of recognition, and present their project to
their school and Center staff. Projects are also featured on the
Center’s web site: http://wupcenter.mtu.edu.
In addition, all participants have their names entered into a drawing
for an environmental education field trip or an environmental education
toolkit. Nearly 2,000 youths have participated in the program since
it began in 2001.
As an Education Excellence Award recipient, the Copper Country ISD and
Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education
were honored at the Michigan Association of School Board’s regional
meeting in the spring where they received a trophy and presented a brief
description of the program. The wining program will also be showcased
in MASB publications and at the MASB Fall Conference in Detroit.
MASB developed the Education Excellence Award program 11 years ago
to honor and give visibility to exemplary and innovative educational
programs that foster school improvement and student achievement. An
independent panel of judges evaluates hundreds of entries submitted
within 10 categories, selecting only those that are truly worthy of
recognition. Only 32 districts won Education Excellence Awards in 2003.
MASB unites school boards in the common cause of improving public
education. It provides leadership development, government relations,
legal counsel, public relations, communications and a variety of field
services to member districts.
SET SEG is a non-profit provider of complete insurance services to
Michigan school districts. Founded by MASB in 1971, SET SEG provides
fringe benefits, property/casualty and/or workers’ compensation
insurance to more than 550 districts in the state.
The “Kids Can Make A Difference” Earth Day program recently
received a grant for $4,892 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
to continue the program in 2004. Registration forms for 2004 projects
will soon be distributed to schools and community groups, and will also
be available on the Center’s website. Western Upper Peninsula
Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education is a partnership
of Copper Country & Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School Districts
and Michigan Technological University serving 21 school districts and
communities in Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties.
Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931-1295
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