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The program supports arts-infused education at the nation’s schools and school districts. Applicants should be aware the program isn't looking to replicate previous ideas, but nurture new ones.
The foundation supports program teaching respect for the environment and protect nature through the preservation of plant species and biodiversity. In this program, K-12 students will learn about plants, explore their world and take care of the life they discover in their local ecosystems.
Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. Schools can register online to participate in the contest, which will allow them access to a special collection of online lesson plans inspired by previous Carton 2 Garden winners.
The foundation encourages literacy and creativity in schools through these mini-grants. Programs relating to the work of Keats, author of The Snowy Day, a groundbreaking children's book, are welcome but not required. Multicultural programs and those focusing on minorities and at-risk youth do well with this funding.
The fund invests in teams of educators who want to launch new, innovative public schools in school districts or charter networks that prepare young people to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. These schools will reimagine the learning experience for students, particularly those from underserved communities.
This year’s competition supports K-12 school projects to implement green infrastructure addressing local environmental challenges. Focus areas can include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change and storm water collection. The goal is to assist young people in becoming social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.