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Genevieve McNally's-Writers Teaching Writers-Final Draft

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This is how i taught my students how to analyze and present an artifact
This is how i taught my students how to analyze and present an artifact

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Business Plan:
Our society does not live sustainably. Our cars emit CO2; toxic waste pollutesour drinking water; overpopulation is spreading across the globe.We need solutionsreal, long-term solutions.Happily, one such solution is looking us right in the face: todays youth.The only way we can change the future is by teaching the young to be thechange. Our educational system must teach students how to be goodstewards of the environment.To that end, I propose to set up an innovative program to teachenvironmental sustainability to elementary, middle school and high schoolstudents. Heres how the program will work. The program will be set up sothat there is about fifteen minutes every week set up before during or afterschool. During this time students will get together with teachers, and willwork on different projects along with being taught about new environmentaltopics. These topics will differ depending on what the students are yearningto learn and what topics interest them. Throughout the year children willhold clothes drives. With the clothes they collect they will then take them to ashop called Platos Closet. This is a store which buys back used clothing. Theprofit made will fund all the projects, speakers and any other activities,which the students and the teachers want. The budget to start out will onlybe three thousand dollars. Hopefully, after the first two years the programwill fund itself or go down to a budget of one thousand dollars a year. I want 
 
to make sure that this is a program that lasts, so the less it costs our city andschool systems the more likely the program is to stay running. If the budget does go beyond three thousand dollars or above the hopeful one thousanddollars after the first two years, I have already contacted numerouscompanies, such as GE, Platos closet and Toms shoes, which will assist infunding.I want this program to be a continuum. I want the students to start out inelementary school learning the basics of environmental education, forexample how to take care of the class bunny. Then in middle school I want the students to understand the importance or niches, the importance of habitats and what makes them healthy and thrive. Then when the studentsgo to high school they should be learning about how to maintain asustainable ecosystem and habitat. By the time the students finish highschool they should have a greater understanding of the world around them.How the world works, why we must protect habitats, how every little critterreally does matter in an ecosystem and most importantly they willunderstand that their actions do have an impact and they do effect theenvironment to some degree. Because the students have been seeing familiarconcepts, just building on them every school change, it allows environmentalawareness to be embedded within their young minds. This will benefit thefuture of our society because these students will have been given theopportunity to make connections with the world around them that othergenerations have not.
 
This program will benefit the students in several ways. The programs willteach responsibility, life lessons, life skills, sustainable living, cause and effect of ones actions, life cycles, ecosystems and the effect we have on them, theimportance of health, and how students can make a difference. Theseprograms will also teach budgeting and setting up and achieving goals to thestudents. All of these will greatly benefit the students and will allow them tobe more intelligent, and also more aware of their surroundings. I believefirmly that environmental education is the missing link in the educationsystem. The environment has been around for as long as we have been here,thus it has been a critical part of our everyday life. Without the environment we would not have physics, or astronomers, there would be no naturalists inliterature such examples as Henry David Thoreau and Edgar Allan Poe. Therewould also be no understanding of basic biology. This is why this program isso beneficial.If a school is having trouble fitting in fifteen minutes a week to teach solelyenvironmental education, they can easily just add in environmentaleducation in what ever their class discussion for the day is. For example, if the teacher is teaching long division the teacher can easily create a few wordproblems, which involve animal extinction or other environmental topics.This way the time will be benefit ail on a grander scale.These students are our future. And it is never to late to fix a problem, if youare proactive. So let us join now and listen to the voices of the future andincorporate these programs.

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