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Dear K-12 Teacher or Youth Group Leader:
Earth Day is April 22. Schools, scouting groups, and community youth groups located in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Gogebic, and Ontonagon counties are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Earth Day 2006 “Kids CAN Make A Difference” Program. The goal of the program is for students to recognize that everyone can make a difference by becoming informed and taking action in our local schools and communities to make the world a better place for all. The table below shows how the program correlates to K-12 Michigan Curriculum Framework Correlations

Project Requirements & Submission Deadline
1. Students and youth groups design an action project to do that gets students involved with the environment at their school or in their community.
2. Complete the attached registration form describing the project. Eligible projects should be new this school year and have substantial progress made before the registration deadline of Thursday, April 20.
3. A staff member from the Western U.P. Center will visit each class or community group between April 24-May 12 to interview the group about their project. Each group should plan a short 5-10 minute presentation about their project that includes some evidence of their project’s success—such as photos, student work, etc. Be creative!

Student Recognition
All groups will receive a small treat and an Earth Day Recognition Certificate. Projects that will impact large numbers or unique and creative will have their names entered into a special Earth Day prize drawing. A total of FOUR names will be drawn: one in the grade K-5 age group and one in the grade 6-12 age group for both Houghton-Baraga-Keweenaw counties and Gogebic-Ontonagon counties. The lucky groups whose names are drawn will each receive up to $300 for an environmental educational field trip to a special place.

Program Sponsors
This program is sponsored by the Western U. P. Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, with funding from the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and Sustainable Futures Institute at Michigan Technological University, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wege Foundation, and Michigan Department of Education.

For More Information or to Obtain a Registration Form
Registration forms are available by contacting Joan Chadde/Anne Collins at (906) 487-3341 or email: jchadde@mtu.edu or download an interactive registration form from the Center’s website: www.wupcenter.mtu.edu where you can also read about projects from previous years.

2006 Information

Press Release
Projects List
Ideas and Resources

All pdf files below

Press Release
Registration Form
School Poster

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