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The Suburbanite
  • Coventry wins Disney’s Planet Challenge

  • Disney is proud to announce Jim Trogdon and Michael Staiger and their fifth grade science class from Erwine Middle School, Coventry Local Schools, was named the National State Winner for this year’s Disney’s Planet Challenge, an environmental and science competition for third through eighth grade classrooms.  

     

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  • Disney is proud to announce Jim Trogdon and Michael Staiger and their fifth grade science class from Erwine Middle School, Coventry Local Schools, was named the National State Winner for this year’s Disney’s Planet Challenge, an environmental and science competition for third through eighth grade classrooms. 
    Disney's Planet Challenge is the in-school program for Disney's Friends for Change, a multi-platform initiative, which focuses on inspiring kids and families around the world to take simple steps to help the planet and their communities.
    This year’s competition drew thousands of students from across the United States and featured a tremendous variety of projects, including cafeteria composting, the clean-up of local lakes and watershed improvements. Students and teachers spent long hours of classroom and field work to create environmental portfolios, document their research, implement solutions and engage their local communities.
    A panel of scientists, environmental experts and educators including representatives from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and WestEd K-12 Alliance, selected the finalists and national winner.
    Mr. Trogdon’s and Mr. Staiger’s class entitled their project, “Stand Your Ground - Stomp Out Invasive Plants.”
    The science class studied the environmental impact of non-native and invasive plants in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The students and teachers stomped down more than two- acres of Japanese Knotweed with the help of Park Rangers Chris Davis and Josh Bates.
    About Disney’s Planet Challenge
    Disney's Planet Challenge is a free, project-based environmental program that empowers students to make a difference in school, at home and in their local communities. With more than 15 years experience running highly-acclaimed classroom environmental competitions in regional markets including California and Florida (as "Disney's Environmental Challenge™"), Disney developed the new Disney's Planet Challenge in response to growing demand across all 50 states. Program collaborations with the National Science Teachers Association, the WestEd K-12 Alliance, the U.S. and California Environmental Protection Agencies, the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife and the California Department of Education are designed to ensure academic and environmental excellence. For more information, visit http://disney.go.com/planetchallenge.
    About Disney’s Friends for Change
    Disney's Friends for Change is a multiplatform initiative that helps inspire kids and families to join together and make a positive impact on their world (and the people and animals that live there).  Through PSAs on-air and online tool-kits, the program aims to provide useful information to help kids make small changes that add up to big differences.  As part of the program, Disney donates $1 million dollars annually to fund projects all around the globe and has funded over 41 projects that help the planet ranging from educational & community programs to species & habitat protection.  Friends for Change currently has over 3 million actions taking place from kids in 33 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan, India, and China.  To take action, visit www.Disney.com/projectgreen.

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