From composing songs about saving energy to looking at historic droughts and visiting farms and water treatment plants, county teachers dreamed up dozens of creative projects for their students with the help of $300 grants from the County Air Pollution Control District, Water Agency, and utility companies. “The Care for Our Earth grants provide teachers with the resources needed to develop innovative lessons and teaching strategies,” said Bill Cirone, who leads the county’s schools as superintendent. The next round of grants is available to K-12 teachers, with applications due by November 18.
Last year, 38 teachers at 26 schools won the opportunity to engage their students in environmental, energy, and alternative transportation projects, or to think about how their school could reduce its utility bills or traffic. The 2015-16 projects can be found here, and grant applications and information is available here.