BENEFITING: New Haven Ecology Project
ORGANIZER: New Haven Ecology Project
EVENT DATE: Nov 22, 2016
In this time of great political upheaval, it is more important than ever to prepare our country’s environmental and social justice leaders of the future. Common Ground High School, a branch of the New Haven Ecology Project, is doing just that. By providing an environment in which diversity of all kinds is celebrated, where students are encouraged to give voice to their concerns, where constructive activism rather than negativity is their next step, and where the natural world is an integral part of every school day, Common Ground is truly making the world a better place…not just for our own students, but for all inhabitants of our planet.
Our high school students work with younger kids in the greater New Haven community introducing them to nature by helping to plant gardens at their schools, teaching them about healthy eating, guiding their exploration of the flora and fauna on our incredible site adjacent to West Rocks Park, and serving as positive role models from within their communities.
Common Ground connects people with our planet, and with each other. The New Haven Ecology Project encompasses this very unique college preparatory high school, an urban farm, and amazing family programs like Kids Unplugged after school, Nature Year outdoor learning program, Seedlings toddler class, Free Range Kids summer camp and more.
It is my great privilege to teach at Common Ground where the challenges of each new day provide opportunities for members of this creative, diverse community to harness their energies to find new solutions to issues of concern for us all. Your gift will help us continue this important work. ...and will now be doubled by Newman’s Own!
Learn more about us at www.commongroundct.org
Your gift grows positive change in our world:
- $25 brings two students here for a field trip to get outside and explore the woods, taste in our farm, learn about wool with our sheep, hold a chicken, and more. Over 5,000 students come learn at our campus every year.
- $100 provides a 4-week farmshare for one of our high school families, delivering a giant bag of fresh produce and recipes to help incorporate the farm fresh foods into their diets.
- $300 provides a Chromebook for one of our high school students for the year.
- $500 sends a child to our Kids Unplugged after school program, getting kids outside and in to nature one a week for the school year.
- $750 pays for 2 high school students to work through Green Jobs Corps, gaining paid, environmentally themed work experience, for example planting street trees with Urban Resource Initiative.
- $10,000 funds our summer farm intern program