Seed Your Future has announced the launch of its expanded BLOOM!
“Youth have told us that they want to help solve some of the most pressing problems in our world today,” Susan E. Yoder, executive director of Seed Your Future said. “They hear about air pollution, noise pollution, food deserts, climate change, world hunger and more and they’re anxious to do something about it — but they don’t know how or even what would make a difference. BLOOM! helps them to identify the root of each challenge and opens their eyes to how plants and the people who work with them can make a positive difference.”
Together, Seed Your Future, along with Scholastic, Inc. has expanded its educator website – Scholastic.com/BLOOM to include an online learning module, sample lesson plans, activities and a new contest for teachers and out-of-school time youth program leaders to teach kids about challenges in their own communities and the plant-based solutions that can make a difference. Families can also participate in a new sweepstakes to discover the plant power in their own communities. New materials include “Make Your Community Bloom,” “The Wonderful World of Plants,” “Barriers to Healthy Ecosystems,” “Map Your Community’s Challenges,” and “Plants as Problem Solvers.”
The contest takes learning a step further and engages students in imagining their own solutions to environmental challenges. In the “Planting Your Solution Contest,” students identify an eco-challenge in their own community. They describe their own plant-based solution and illustrate their ideas. Prizes are awarded for both the student and the teacher/youth program leader/parent of the winning submissions.
“Busy families don’t always have the time to fully understand what our kids are inspired about in school or youth programs,” Yoder said. “So, we wanted to create a fun family activity that lets the student teach what they’re learning while getting the family outdoors exploring their local community. I can’t wait to see the #PlantHunt social media posts from families!”
BLOOM! is educating and inspiring young people about the power of plants and green-collar career opportunities. In addition to the educator website, the main campaign website – WeAreBLOOM.org – serves as a digital hub for all campaign activity and hosts a suite of entertaining, educational resources to interest youth and the adults in their lives.