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Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program awards $2,000–$5,000 to public K–12 schools and their nonprofit parent groups. Projects that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement, and those that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit get preference. Apply online at www.toolboxforeducation.com. Hurry! The deadline is October 12, 2012.
In the Mutt-i-grees America Adopts PSA Contest, students in PreK–grade 8 submit a video public service announcement convincing people to adopt a shelter pet. The grand prize is $10,000, a school visit by dog expert Cesar Millan, and a trip for four to New York City. Three regional winners will each receive $1,500. The deadline is October 26, 2012. For details, visit education.muttigrees.org.
The Fulbright Teacher Exchange program awards grants so grades K–12 teachers can teach and study abroad. In one program (application deadline October 15, 2012), teachers exchange positions with teachers from other countries for one semester or academic year. In another program (deadline December 15, 2012), teachers attend a foreign university for three to six months. Get all the facts at fulbrightteacherexchange.org.
Challenge your students to help others and improve their community on the 22nd annual Make a Difference Day, to be held this year on October 27. People of all ages clean up parks, collect food or clothing for the homeless, and do other projects that help others. Ten outstanding projects will receive $10,000 each. Visit makeadifferenceday.com for an entry form, a brochure, a marketing guide, and a youth toolkit.
The Creative Communication poetry and essay contests recognize student writers in grades K–12. The top ten winners in each grade division will each receive a $25 check and a free copy of the anthology created from the contest. The next essay contest deadline is October 18, 2012; the next poetry contest deadline is December 6, 2012. For rules and entry forms, log on to poeticpower.com.
Last year, more than 20,000 schools participated in I Love to Write Day. Scheduled for November 15, 2012, the event gives people of all ages a chance to practice their skills by writing poems, essays, letters to the editor, short stories, and more. Schools with the most creative ways to celebrate can win books. For more information, including suggested activities, check out www.ilovetowriteday.org.
In the Healthy School Makeover contest, one K–12 school will win $45,000 worth of sports equipment and health and wellness curriculum and training packages. The deadline is in mid-November. To enter, submit a short video explaining why your school needs a makeover and how it will make students' lives healthier. Videos will be posted on bit.ly/HealthySchoolContest, where you'll also find more information.
Carton art can win your school $5,000! The Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest, which promotes carton recycling and milk consumption, invites classroom teams to design and construct a creation based on a specific theme using empty school milk cartons. The theme for this year's contest, sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, is habitats. For official rules, contest details, and creative ideas, visit www.madebymilkcontest.com. The deadline for entries is November 16, 2012.
Girls in grades 5–8 who are passionate about science can apply for an "Angela" Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). One student will receive a $1,000 savings bond and be honored at the NSTA National Conference. The deadline is November 30, 2012. Visit www.nsta.org/faraday for an application, a checklist of requirements, and more details.
The Delta Education, Frey-Neo/CPO science awards recognize three full-time science teachers in PreK–grade 12 who use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning. Winners will each receive a $1,500 award and an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association national conference. The deadline is November 30, 2012. Visit www.nsta.org/pdfs/awards/delta.pdf for an application, a checklist of requirements, and more.
Classrooms by Walmart enables you to create lists for school supplies, projects, and field trips and share them with parents quickly and easily. Use this free tool throughout the year to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses and keep your classroom well-stocked. You'll find the school supply list builder at classrooms.walmart.com.
Share the health benefits of staying active—and eating and drinking citrus fruit—with these free teaching kits. They feature the orange superhero Captain Citrus along with cross-curricular activities that meet national standards. Download the teaching materials at www.captaincitrus.com/teacher_galaxy.html.
Are you an early childhood teacher? If so, sign up for a free curriculum at ABCmouse.com! Developed in collaboration with early childhood experts, the curriculum covers reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. You'll find more than 3,000 learning activities for children ages 2 through kindergarten, with books, songs, games, puzzles, art activities, and printables. Sign up now!
Character Counts! Week—to be held from October 21–27, 2012—is an annual event that celebrates trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Last year, 8 million grades K–12 students in 60 countries participated, holding events like community service days and antibullying programs. Find free lesson plans, Red Ribbon Week tie-ins, celebration ideas, and more at www.CharacterCounts.org.
"Stop Bullying Before It Starts" is a free digital teacher toolkit featuring a square pumpkin in a round pumpkin-patch world. The toolkit delivers a message of tolerance and kindness for PreK–grade 3 and includes a downloadable video recording of the picture book The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, discussion guides and learning activities, lesson plans, a classroom play, and more. It's all free at www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/activities/toolkits/spookley-toolkit.asp.
The One School, One Book program gets your whole elementary school reading the same chapter book out loud, at home, during the same month. The free shared-reading program package has a how-to guide, a sponsor's letter, trivia questions, and lots more. Check out the website for a list of recommended books, resources for each title, and how to order books at a discount. It's all at readtothem.org.
The free Champion Creatively Alive Children series from Crayola helps you implement arts-infused education in your school. The program includes an introductory guide; five videos and accompanying guides; and PowerPoint presentations, flyers, handouts, and evaluation forms to use in workshops at your school. Start downloading now; visit www.crayola.com/for-educators/ccac-landing.aspx to access this new resource!
Critical Thinking Training Module
Creativity Training Module
Communication Training Module
Collaboration Training Module
Arts-Infused Advocacy Training Module