After visiting Alain L. Locke School in Harlem with CG Kidz (from the parent company Cynergreen), Eagle Cove School's Science Guy and I were a swift part (along with CG Kidz) in helping Alain Locke become a Green Magnet School. With that came a Green Kit from Cynergreen/CG Kidz We had decided a newsletter would be a good addition to that kit. A newsletter of helpful teaching hints, books, eco-ideas and more.
Green Team Gazette was born, in monthly printed newsletter form.
For 2 and a half years, I crafted that monthly newsletter.
About a year and change in, I was challenged by my brother:
"If you want to be a writer, then write. Write something you know about."I was already doing that. I was writing a monthly eco-newsletter. I was reading all the eco-info I could get my hands on. I wanted to share it with other schools. It came to a point, I wanted to share it with the world. It was at that point that I not only became an environmental educator, but also an environmental-blogger.
Green Team Gazette was reborn--this time via Google's BlogSpot and as a webpage.
Over time, the "EdTech" side has infiltrated (which one could argue is truly environmental!)... and my blog has become multifaceted.
At this point: we are circling back. My newsletters for that 2.5 years have been housed on the Gibson Island Country School's Website (until our name change/website change in 2010 when we became "Eagle Cove School"). They have all been housed at the Eagle Cove site ever since.
But Eagle Cove School (the school I have known and loved the last 7 years) is closing here in June, and the website will shut down as well.
So, here we are.
I have uploaded my GTG's up to SlideShare.net, and for the next year I will share those same-month issues here. Even though some of the info is nearing 5 years old, it's all good and current for the beginning environmentalist. May it serve and find you well!!
Find those eco-archives here tomorrow! Enjoy the GTG history and progression. Thank you for trekking along with me!!
Images: Avatar = GTG's iconic symbol
"Green" = created on KidPix by a former student
Recycle sign = from Microsoft word clip art
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