Teacher & Parent Corner
Helping Teachers and Parents Help Our Planet
This area is reserved for current topics that are relevant to you and your students in your efforts towards improved sustainability in your school. Have a green fundraising idea or need help on an intiative not listed below? E-mail Tresine.Logsdon@fayette.kyschools.us with suggestions.
Farm To School
Farm To School Lesson Powerpoints
KY American Water Excellence in Water Education Award
(Suspended for 16-17 School Year)
KY American Water and FCPS are proud to partner this year for the KAW Excellence in Water Education Award. To earn a FREE WATER BOTTLE REFILLING STATION, click HERE.
To find out what water activities your Bluegrass Greensource environmental educator can do you in your classroom, click HERE.
To learn more and participate in the Water Planet Challenge and access the Water Planet Challenge Acitivty Guide, click HERE.
School Garden Coalition
Initiated by Jo Stone, Ashland Elementary parent, FCPS teachers, parents and community supporters are forming a School Garden Coalition. If you would like to participate in this passionate group of educators and local folk to share ideas, challenges, suggestions, partnership opportunities and best practices, e-mail Tresine Logsdon at email@example.com.
Click here for the School Garden Coalition page.
Interested in hosting a Sustainability Fair at your school? Click HERE to access a contact list for community partners.
State & Nationally Recognized Green School Programs
Below is a list of state & nationally recognized Green School programs that schools can choose to participate in for reward and recognition. For help on how to participate in these non-binding, easy and fun program, contact Tresine.Logsdon@fayette.kyschools.us.
Recycle Bowl (Cans for Cash) Annual Competition
Click HERE for registration information and FAQ for Recycle Bown (Cans for Cash).
Polar Bears International
Polar Bears International(www.polarbearsinternational.org) a nonprofit, non-political organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of polar bears and its habitat through research and education. PBI provides scientific resources and informatin on polar bears and their arctic habitat. Mark Fore of PBI lives in central KY and works with schools across KY and OH to engage teachers and students on the polar bear's adaptations to their unique ecosystem and their role in the ecosystem's food web and biodiversity. Mark, Arctic Ambassador, recognizes the importance of educating teachers, students and parents and can visit your school with arctic gear, first-hand stories, maps and graphs and polar bear skeletons for a customized presentation tailored to the grade level as well as specific content topics teachers would like to see addressed. To contact Mark, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julius Marks Elementary and Rosa Parks Elementary step out as the leader in No Idling. In partnership with KY Division for Air Quality and Earth Day Network, JME and RPE students collected idling data before the campaign, promoted the campaign through flyers, e-mails and newsletters, collected data early and late in the campaign and rewarded parents for their participation. For a full packet of resources from FCPS to get your school involved in No Idling, contact Tresine Logsdon at email@example.com.
KY NEED Classroom Presentations
1-2 hr classroom presentations can be scheduled in conjunction with your energy unit of study as introductory, support or culminating activities. Contact Tyler Cvitkovic at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit. Click HERE to see a list of classroom preseentations with descriptions.
State/National Sustainability Contests & Programs
- Explore the Blue Water Challenge, grades 6-8 (http://exploretheblue.discoveryeducation.com/challenge.cfm)
- KY Green & Healthy Schools (www.greenschools.ky.gov)
- KY National Energy Education Development Project Youth Awards for Energy Achievement (www.need.org/states/kentucky)
- Green Education Foundation: Green Energy Challenge (www.greeneducationfoundation.org)
- It’s My Environment Video Project (www.epa.gov/earthday/video/)
- Lexus Eco Challenge (www.scholastic.com/lexus/)
- Do Something Green (www.dsg.kygreen.tv)
- Earth Force (in partnership with KY University Partnership for Env Education) (www.earthforce.org/kupee)
- Project Earth Contest (www.projectearth.net)
- KY Environthon (http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/Envirothon.aspx)
- Volvo Adventure www.volvoadventure.org/home.aspx
- Siemans We Can Change the World Challenge (www.wecanchange.com)
- Poject Earth (www.projectearth.net)
Funding Sources for Sustainability Projects
In addition to accessing grant funds through FCPS, there are a variety of fun ways to raise money for your school’s sustainability initiatives while simultaneously helping the environment. Below are some popular choices that require no capital investment.
Click HERE to see Bryan Station Middle Schools paperfree initiative.
Click HERE to view Rosa Parks Elementary's Earth Week activities.
LFUCG Stormwater Quality Projrects Incentive Grant Program
LFUCG Neighborhood Sustainability Grant program
LFUCG regularly offers sustainability grants for school projects.
For a rain garden grant: www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2119.
For an EcoART grant: http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2108
Please remember that FCPS has established procedures regarding developing and submitting grants. These are outlined on the Grants Writing and Accounting offices center which is located in the staff portal on the district website at https://my.fcps.net/financial-services/grants . You will have to login in order to access the site.
You will need to complete and submit an intent to apply form asap - and secure your principal’s OK for you to proceed.
The intent to apply form can be accessed on the grants website.
You will also need to submit your proposal to the district grants specialist so that she can facilitate getting the superintendent’s signature on your application.
If you have questions after reviewing the information on district procedures, please contact the district grants resource specialist, Susan Decker Davis at email@example.com or 381.4228.
Cans for Cash (www.cans4cash.com)
Electronic device recycling www.ecophones.com
Planet Green Fundraising (www.planetgreenrecycle.com)
Bee Authentic (www.beeauthentic.com)
To recycle Toshiba toners from printers, photocopiers or fax machines: http://www.closetheloopusa.com/index.php?page=toshiba-register-usa
About this page
- Author: Tresine Logsdon
- Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2016