School is almost back in session—for some, it’s already here. And that means it’s time to think about what impact you want to make at your school with Green Apple Day of Service. Getting started early means you have plenty of time to plan and decide what your school needs the most. The options are limitless for what you can do, and we have all the resources and guidance for your project, from start to finish.
Here’s what you need to know for this year:
Projects can happen any time. Schools can choose the time of year and day that works best for them, or even split up their projects among multiple days throughout the year. For example, a school could set up a recycling and composting program in the fall, conduct a few waste audits in the winter and celebrate the success of the program in the spring. The most impactful projects are long-lasting, address a critical issue at the school and get students involved as much as possible, so we’re making sure that the timing is flexible for all projects.
You can win a Green Apple Award. All 2019 projects registered and completed between March 16 and December 31 will be eligible for the 2020 Green Apple Day of Service Awards. The award recipients will be announced on the stage at the Green Schools Conference and Expo in Portland, Oregon. We’ll be looking for projects that address a critical sustainability issue at the school, engage students and volunteers, and address at least one of the three pillars of a green school. Your project profile is your award entry, so be sure to update your profile with photos and details of the event and its impact.
Projects get a fundraising boost with a mini-grant through Donorschoose.org. We’re continuing to give projects $200 mini-grants this year! In order to qualify, your project needs to be located in the U.S., registered on greenapple.org, and linked to your DonorsChoose.org project ID number. For step-by-step instructions, visit our fundraising page. For projects looking for additional funds, or for those outside the U.S., check out our fundraising tips.
Don’t know yet what you want to do for this year’s project? Check out our project ideas page for inspiration and guidance on successful projects.