Outdoor education and playtime has been shown to boost student motivation, improve classroom behavior, and help children concentrate for longer periods, according to a 2010 National Wildlife Federation report. As part of the GROW (Grass Roots | Outdoor Wonder) Coalition, Sustain Dane works to establish gardens at schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District, with the goals of integrating gardening into schools' curricula and using gardens as outdoor classrooms.
Though 33 of 47 district schools already have the gardens, they still lack the resources to develop youth-gardening curricula. Teachers who attend professional-development courses on youth-gardening education can incorporate these practices back at school and model them for other teachers, along with their students. A weeklong course, sponsored by GROW, will cover topics such as organic gardening, nature study, games, and the role of youth gardening in the sustainable-agriculture movement.
Join G-Team and donate $10 to help teachers learn about youth gardening education and to incorporate such topics into a school's curriculum. If G-Team members raise $420, then three Madison-area teachers can attend a weeklong 20-hour professional-development course on youth-gardening education. Each additional $140 raised will be used to send another teacher to the course.
Unlike traditional Groupon deals, G-Team campaigns typically don't offer you a "discount" or "savings." So "buyer" beware—when you click "Buy" to donate your time or money to a worthwhile G-Team cause, the only discount you may receive is 100% off free, priceless karma. Read more about G-Team.