The Everglades Foundation Recognizes Lake Park Elementary as Everglades Champion School

Naples, Fla. – The Everglades Foundation will visit Lake Park Elementary School TOMORROW, Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 10 a.m. EST, to recognize it among 10 Everglades Champion Schools.

Lake Park Elementary was the first school to implement the foundation’s Everglades literacy program. This program was launched in 2014 as a voluntary curriculum sponsored by The Everglades Foundation to teach children about the comprehensive aspects of the Everglades ecosystem. Since then, over 2,300 teachers from nineteen Florida counties have been trained to use the free online K-12 teacher toolkit.

To build upon that success, The Everglades Foundation, in partnership with Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, designed the Everglades Champion Schools Recognition Pilot Program. Its goal is 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 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.

“Adopting the Everglades Literacy Program inspires restoration and conservation for years to come. Congratulations and thank you to Lake Park Elementary School and Principal Christopher Marker for helping us build a community of Everglades Champions,” said Jennifer Diaz, Director of Education of The Everglades Foundation.

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.  For more information, please visit EvergladesFoundation.org.

About Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center is also among the oldest of its kind 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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