Students Learn Environmental Stewardship with Disney's Planet Challenge...
Now through Dec.18, 4th-5th and 6th grade classrooms across the United States are encouraged to apply for Disney's Planet Challenge,a free, project-based environmental competition. Formerly Disney's Environmentality Challenge, the program has a ready-to-use curriculum developed by leading educators along with science and environmental experts. Students can learn about science,conservation and teamwork, while positively impacting the world around them.
For the project, students are asked to identify an environmental issue in their local community and create a solution that they manage and document from start to finish. Past examples range from implementing campuswide water conservation programs and electronics recycling drives to protecting local habitats. Classrooms will develop a portfolio that will be evaluated on environmental relevance, student learning, changes in practices and attitudes, community involvement, lasting benefits to students, school and/or community and originality.
In recognition of tightening classroom budgets and the increasing importance of environmental science education, Disney is collaborating with DonorsChoose.org,an online charity that connects individual "citizen philanthropists" with classrooms in need, to help fund the classroom environmental science projects.
Disney is providing a $100,000 grant to DonorsChoose.org to be applied toward the Web site's "Double Your Impact" feature,which will fund 50% of environmental science classroom projects for Disney's Planet Challenge.
Encourage the 4th, 5th and 6th grade classrooms in your community to participate by visiting www.disney.com/planetchallenge.
Cast Members who would like to contribute towards class projects can access the DonorsChoose information from the Disney's Planet Challenge Web site.
State,regional and national winners will be announced next March. The national winner will participate in a ceremony at the Disneyland Resort next spring.