Fourth grade teacher from Yucaipa Christian School earns $5,000 prize as a reward for classroom sustainability efforts
ERIE, Pa. (April 24, 2013)— FundingFactory, the nation’s largest fundraising by recycling program for schools and nonprofits, together with Scholastic, announce Susan Jones of Yucaipa Christian School in Yucaipa, Calif., is the winner of the “Go Green” Sweepstakes. More than 1,400 educators throughout the country entered for a chance to win the $5,000 prize by explaining ways they would use the money to support eco-friendly programs and practices at their school.
Jones, a fourth grade teacher, plans to use the money to expand the school’s green initiatives, such as restoring and protecting the historic land where the school resides. She hopes to create a peaceful, green haven where students can enjoy a good book. The school also plans on serving fresh fruits and vegetables for students and teachers to enjoy in the school cafeteria.
“Yucaipa Christian School will humbly use these generous funds to enhance our outdoor reading areas,” said Jones. “My hope is that this calm atmosphere will promote not only literacy but a love of the land. We also plan to partner with Garden Works, a local program that educates students about the Earth's natural resources. The children will have the opportunity to plant and harvest their own food in a victory garden. My goal is to make our school and the world a greener place to live and learn.”
FundingFactory launched the “Go Green” Sweepstakes in October 2012 to raise awareness about the significance of implementing eco-friendly school initiatives and the impact of recycling electronic waste (e-waste). Research shows that “green” schools can reduce the $6 to $8 billion spent annually on energy by as much as 25 percent, according to the Center for Green Schools.
FundingFactory is a 100-percent free recycling fundraiser that enables participants to exchange e-waste for cash or points redeemable for new technology and other products. Throughout the “Go Green” Sweepstakes, educators were able to visit the contest website to learn more about the importance of recycling, and discover ways to build community support for their school’s recycling fundraiser.
“Our main goal in launching the “Go Green” initiative with Scholastic was to provide educators with a platform to create a school-wide sustainability initiative and share their success with others,” said Sean Michaels, president of FundingFactory. “We are excited we can give schools this opportunity, and were amazed by the large number of entrants who were passionate about implementing green practices at their school. With that, we look forward to continuing to help schools throughout the United States reduce e-waste and raise awareness of the importance of e-recycling.”
Since its inception in 1997, FundingFactory has provided more than $31 million in funding to more than 50,000 schools and nonprofit organizations across the United States, and saved 30 million pounds of waste from landfills. FundingFactory is a free recycling fundraiser for schools, nonprofits, and charities. Participating organizations can earn points redeemable for cash or products by recycling used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics collected from their communities and supporters. FundingFactory is a program of Environmental Reclamation Services, LLC, a Clover Technologies Group company. Headquartered in Erie, Pa., ERS is an R2-certified, ISO 14001-2004-certified, No Landfill Initiative company with more than 99 percent of its incoming material having been reused or recycled in 2011.
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.
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