This post was editted by Izaak Sunleaf on Jun, 2013
Hi -- I'm Dave Finnigan, and my program, aimed at K-5 and K-8 schools, is http://climatechangeiselementary.org
. I've refined this one-day activity program now in 17 schools in 5 states and I'm ready to train recent college graduates to deliver it in schools in their communities. Our program uses the CLEAN concepts throughout.
In a nutshell we start with a teachers meeting in the morning before school, then I take each grade level in the gym or cafeteria for one class hour giving each grade a different, and age appropriate, piece of the climate puzzle. We use music, movement, games, skits and slides to learn about one part of the Planet. Then we meet for an all-school assembly at the end of the day to put those pieces together.
That same evening the parents come in for Family Night, and each family creates a Family Sustainability Checklist of the things they promise to do to reduce their carbon and water footprints. Students and parents commit to do everything on their lists by the time the kids graduate from high school. We put the kids in charge and tell them that every time their parent does something on the list they should give them a hug and thank them for helping create a "clean green future."
Because individual PTAs make a contribution to our non-profit foundation to support these presentations, our project will be self-sustaining for individual Presenters. I hope to meet other members of the CLEAN community as I go around the country getting this program started in every region. If you are interested in participating in any way, I can be reached at davefinnigan at yahoo.com.