Spring 2020

Captain Planet Foundation is springing into action to help teachers, students, and school gardens remain engaged and active during all of the unexpected shifts this Spring.

From online learning to on the ground support, our thoughts are with you as we work to address the evolving needs of your students and our school communities.  

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Summer Resilience Gardens: An Opportunity to Serve

For many families, school closings have created a widening gap between students and healthy meals. Your school garden is in position to stand in this gap between families and fresh food. We're poised to help.

It is becoming painfully clear, in the midst of the health crisis sweeping our country and others across globe this Spring, that access to fresh and nutritious food will become as challenging as it is paramount for our students’ health.

In the wake of school closings, crippling job loss, and restricted travel, many families are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to accessing nutritious, fresh food. After all, many students depend heavily on their schools for consistent and nutritious meals. Community leaders around the nation are working to bridge the growing gap between children and the food that we know is vital to sustaining strong immune systems and able bodies.  We are very happy to see many people activated around the delivery of prepared meals to families during school closings; but we are certain there is more that we can do.

This leads us to you!

Your school garden can play a role in helping to meet the growing need for fresh food in your community - by activating your school garden with spring starts and summer garden maintenance. Our proposal has 3 key components:

  1. Spring Planting. We understand that in the rush of vacating and pivoting to a distance-learning platform, many if not most of our PLG school gardens were not planted this Spring. We are exploring options for getting plant starts and seeds into your growing beds now.
  2. Irrigation. We are exploring the possibility of providing an irrigation system to help sustain your school garden during the summer months. We are considering using "smart" irrigation, equipped with timers and remote programming to minimize the frequency the garden would need to be visited for watering during Summer months.
  3. A Return to Learning. We hope to have your garden established and thriving when your students return from Summer. This will eliminate your teachers' need to "start from scratch" or clear away summer, and will make learning and produce available to students upon arrival to the 2020-2021 school year.

For schools in the metro Atlanta area, we may be able to offer additional support, in the form of garden hands to help maintain your garden this Summer. Harvested produce will be delivered to foodbank sites for distribution to the community.

Before we can implement any of these steps, we need to hear from you. Your input will help us determine what is desired, what is feasible, and what is next in our joint effort to continue offering quality care to our students and communities.

Please complete our brief survey to share some basic information about your school and garden access. If you don't think this is a fit for your school, that is also great information! Complete this survey as soon as possible, so that we can begin planning and planting while we are still in prime planting time. We'd love to hear any other information or thoughts that might help with this effort.

Please use the links below to access and complete the survey according to your geographic region.

Additional Support for Educators and Families During School Closures

CPF At-Home Learning Resources - We're collecting parent and teacher friendly activities to keep students actively learning and engaged while schools are closed. Visit our collection today and be sure to visit often, as we're updating the list regularly!

Earth Day Network Environmental Education at Home - Earth Day Network is continuing to develop resources to support students, parents and teachers who are adapting to new online learning situations. They have compiled a variety of engaging climate, civic and environmental education resources that can be accessed and utilized at home. Check out their Environmental Education at Home webpage to browse their collection of games, activities and lessons for all ages, including a menu of Earth Day at Home ideas, Earth Day quizzes and online resources from partners! This is a dynamic page with new resources added every day. Use their updated 2020 Teach-In Toolkit for a step-by-step guide on how to adapt your teach-ins to digital platforms.

Finding Nature: Staying Connected to the Natural World During Covid-19 - Each week, C&NN will be posting new resources from partners, tips, tools, blogs and webinars, along with the best and brightest ideas from the field to keep children, especially the most vulnerable, both physically and mentally healthy.

Whole Kids Foundation: Healthy Teachers Program - This free two-hour nutrition and cooking class is designed to transform staff well being through inspiration. It is a fun, interactive class that breaks down simple nutrition into digestible information that everyone can use.

Teaching our World: The Coronavirus - Articles and resources for hard-to-teach topics, chosen by the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines. Find tips for talking to students about the pandemic and educating about how we can all play a part in stopping the spread.

Coronavirus: ELL and Multilingual Resources for Schools - Colorin colorado, a bilingual site for educators and families of English Language Learners, has compiled a list of helpful resources to "help schools and communities partner more effectively with multilingual families. We also include information about how schools can best serve English learners during school closures."

School Library Journal: A Mini-Clearinghouse on Coronavirus, Created by Two School Librarians - Noting a lack of library input in the abundance of information spreading about the current health, crisis, a pair of "high school librarians who want to help teachers and get ahead of the confusion" put their heads together and made their own plans.

No Kid Hungry: Emergency Coronavirus Grant Request - This grant request is specifically for school districts and community organizations to submit an inquiry for grants to support nutrition programs in their communities. No Kid Hungry is also in the process of developing a separate database to help families and individuals find help in their communities.

COVID-19 Emergency School Funding - GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need.

USDA: Find Meals for Kids When Schools are ClosedThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of an online tool – the “Meals for Kids” Site Finder – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Please share this resource with colleagues and families.

PLG Updates

Congratulations New PLG Schools!

We’re sending a warm WELCOME to the newest members of the PLG community! 

A.L. Burruss Elementary School - Marietta, GA

Brookhaven Innovation Academy Charter School - Norcross, GA

Brook Park Elementary School - LaGrange Park, IL

Brown Elementary School - Jonesboro, GA

Camellia Elementary School - Los Angeles, CA

Carlos Santana Arts Academy - North Hills, CA

Chapel Hill Elementary School - Decatur, GA

Chattahoochee Elementary School - Cumming, GA

Dekalb Preparatory Academy - Decatur, GA

Dutton Christian School - Caledonia, MI

Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School - Charlotte, NI

Elon Elementary School - Elon, NC

Factory Shoals Elementary School - Lithia Springs, GA

Founders Elementary School - Dekalb, IL

Fulton Academy of Science and Technology - Roswell, GA

Hancock Elementary School - Hancock, NY

Harper Elementary School - Riverdale, GA

Harris Hill Elementary School - Williamsville, NY

Hegins-Hubley Elementary School - Valley View, PA

Hollydale Elementary School - Marietta, GA

Inman Elementary School - Fayetteville, GA

Juliette Lowe Elementary School - Arlington Heights, IL

Kuumba Academy Charter School - Wilmington, DE

Laguna Vista Elementary School - Oxnard, CA

Livsey School - Tucker, GA

Long Branch Elementary School - Jacksonville, FL

North LaFayette Elementary School - LaFayette, GA

O'Melveny Elementary School - San Fernando, CA

P.S. 20 - Brooklyn, NY

PS 375 Mosaic Preparatory Academy - New York, NY

Rockbridge Elementary School - Stone Mountain, GA

Rowan Elementary School - Cranberry Township, PA

Stoneview Elementary School - Lithonia, GA

Walker Elementary School - Ashland, OR

West Chester Friends School - West Chester, PA

Western Valley Elementary School - Phoenix, AZ

 

Shipping of all PLG Grant Materials Postponed until Fall Semester 2020.

In response to nationwide school closures this season, CPF has delayed shipping all materials until after Summer break 2020. If your school was awarded PLG this semester, we will coordinate the arrival of your garden and accompanying materials when students have returned after Summer. If you have training requirements to meet, please be sure to submit all assignments before June 15th to allow time for processing your orders.

Spring 2020 Canvas Courses Extended - Get Ready Now for a Fall Garden!

In response to school closings and delayed shipping, Spring 2020 PLG-T 101 and Spring 2020 PLG-S 101 will remain open until June 15th, 2020. Please encourage your teams to complete these courses if you haven't yet done so. Completion of teacher and admin training will qualify your school to receive all grant materials when shipping resumes later this year. After these courses close, they will remain closed until Spring 2021.

Pre-2020 Canvas Courses Closing this Spring.

All PLG Canvas Courses published prior to Spring 2020 will close permanently April 30th, 2020. If you or your team registered for these courses, but have not yet completed the coursework, you will have until April 30th, 2020 to make your final submissions. These courses will not reopen after they close this Spring. Once the courses close, participants who did not complete them will have the option to join Spring 2020 courses until June 15th, 2020.

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 Events & Opportunities

#RealPlaneteer Challenge

Did Captain Planet and the Planeteers inspire you? In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, show us what you’re doing to be a #RealPlaneteer! Capture what actions you’re taking to fight for the planet and post to your social media using #RealPlaneteer and tag Captain Planet Foundation and Comic-Con Museum for a chance to be featured on our pages! Tag 3 friends to take the challenge and remember, The Power Is Yours!

Celebrate Earth Month with Planeteers around the globe!

Join Planeteers around the globe to revisit the messages that inspired so many of us. In celebration of Earth Month, @Captain Planet will stream classic episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers live every Wednesday at 6:30 EST for the month of April.

This is a great opportunity to introduce your students to the Captain and his team of Planeteers. Challenge your students' families to join and consider how these messages still ring true today.

Earth Day is turning 50 and going digital!

On April 22nd, tune in to Earth Day Live. Visit their site in advance to sign the Pledge to Vote Earth. Find digital Earth Day events to join, or register your own. Become a citizen scientist! Earth Day Network is prepared to help you and your students think globally.

Please Share: Opportunities to Win PLG this Spring!

In partnership with Dole Packaged Foods, we will continue to offer PLG to schools in select regions this Spring. Winners of these contests will receive their gardens after Summer when students return for the 2020-2021 school year. Please share this information with other educators in these areas who would benefit from PLG. Schools should be between 10-20 miles from the nearest retailer listed. Official rules and parameters are found on the contest pages.

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Thank You to Our Funders

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We’d love to see how you’re using your learning garden and cooking materials to support your instruction and projects on campus. How? Upload photos, tips, stories, and questions related to your school garden projects to our Facebook group page.