Everglades Foundation Partners with Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to Honor 10 Everglades Champion Schools

Since the Everglades Foundation launched the Everglades Literacy Program in 2014, over 2,000 teachers from sixteen Florida counties have been trained to use the free online K-12 teacher toolkit.

Our goal is to now build upon that success.  The Everglades Champion Schools Recognition Pilot Program is designed to showcase, recognize and model exceptional accomplishments of students, faculty, and their schools.  It’s a call to action designed to incentivize and reinvest in their efforts, as well as empower schools to find their Everglades potential by focusing on curriculum, projects and practices that become a part of their school culture. It will encourage schools to move beyond presenting the Everglades literacy curriculum toward making Everglades conservation a core value of the institution.

The Everglades Foundation’s Everglades Champion Schools Recognition Program (ECSRP) recognizes and incentivizes public, private, charter and parochial elementary schools and districts who cultivate an Everglades Literacy culture at all grade levels, by demonstrating progress in five pillars: 1) professional development; 2) integrating Everglades Literacy into the curriculum; 3) project-based learning; 4) Everglades leadership; and 5) Innovation.

We would like to recognize the 10 pilot schools for leading the way in supporting Everglades literacy and conservation in our classrooms, on our school campus, and in our community.  Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Sunset Park Elementary, Sweetwater Elementary, North Hialeah Elementary, Norman S. Edelcup/Sunny Isles Beach K-8 Center, Collier County Public Schools: Lake Park Elementary, Broward County Public Schools: Beachside Montessori, Eagle Point Elementary and Palm Beach County: Pine Jog Elementary, Galaxy Elementary, Palm Beach Day Academy

“The schools participating in this program are true leaders,” said Anne Henderson, director of education, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. “By focusing on Everglades literacy, they are not only giving their students a rich learning opportunity.  They are empowering students to see themselves as part of a bigger picture and to understand that they have an important role to play in Everglades conservation.  We are so excited to partner with the Everglades Foundation to coordinate the Everglades Champions program, and we can’t wait to see what these Champion schools are going to accomplish in the year ahead.”

Recognition Event Schedule – Palm Beach County:

October 17, 2017

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.            Palm Beach Day Academy, 1901 S Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.        Pine Jog Elementary, 6315 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.            Galaxy E-3 Elementary, 550 NW 4th Ave, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

The Everglades Foundation

The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems.

America’s Everglades is prominent among our nation’s environmental treasures. In addition to providing nearly eight million Floridians with clean and plentiful drinking water for nearly 8 million Floridians, the Everglades is home to no fewer than 70 threatened or endangered species of plant and animal life. From an economic point of view, nearly 400,000 jobs in tourism, recreation, boating, fishing, agriculture, real estate and numerous other sectors depend upon – and benefit from – a healthy Everglades. For more information, please visit EvergladesFoundation.org.

About Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

As one of the first environmental education centers in Florida, Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center is also among the oldest in the nation.  Established in 1960 to provide a natural habitat to teach children about the environment, the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center entered into partnership with FAU in 1970 and is now a self-supported unit of the College of Education. FAU Pine Jog is dedicated to developing, researching, and disseminating highly effective educational programs and services that cultivate environmentally literate and engaged citizens. For more information, contact FAU Pine Jog at 561.686.6600 or visit pinejog.fau.edu.

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