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Climate Change Solutions Contest

Teaching Students Ages 4-9 the Importance of Environmental Awareness

Planet Earth Gets Well is partnering with Earth Day Network to promote the 2010 Student Climate Change Solutions Contest in schools across the country commencing August 1, 2009 and concluding on October 23, 2009. Two winners will be announced on November 2, 2009. Targeted to children ages 4-9, a sector of the market where there is a void in materials which promote environmental awareness, the book will serve as the centerpiece of the contest helping Earth Day Network expand its reach to new audience members in preparation for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, to be celebrated in April 2010. "As we approach the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we are excited to share these educational opportunities with our younger audience to engage them in climate change solutions," explains Brenna Holzhauer, Education Coordinator at Earth Day Network.

The 2010 Student Climate Change Solutions Contest is a back-to-school poster contest for students aimed at resolving climate change which will be tied to the Earth Day 2010 theme, "The Green Generation." Teachers in grades K-4 are encouraged to read Planet Earth Gets Well with their students and to utilize a related lesson plan to introduce age-appropriate concepts surrounding climate change. The book will be offered at a discount to teachers by visiting Planet Earth Gets Well and the lesson plan will be available for free download from the Earth Day Network's Educators' Network.

Selected by the Earth Day Network's Education Department, the two winners of the 2010 Student Climate Change Solutions Contest will be celebrated as exemplary members of The Green Generation. Winners will be announced through the Earth Day Network's education page, in the Earth Day Network's Educators' Network newsletter and on the Planet Earth Gets Well website, Facebook page and Twitter (@planetearthwell). The winning students will receive a prize package including a signed copy of Planet Earth Gets Well, a t-shirt, a poster and a copy of the Planet Earth DVD set as well as an autographed Earth Day poster for the teacher's classroom.

Just as today's children are born into a high-tech society, they also inherit many serious environmental concerns. Planet Earth Gets Well promotes responsibility along with a positive message that adults will be able to pass onto children at an early age, creating an eco-friendly and proactive generation.

The official contest guidelines for the 2010 Student Climate Change Solutions Contest will be posted on the Earth Day Network's education page on August 1, 2009 and will be announced in the Educators' Network newsletter in August, as well. For more information, please contact Earth Day Network Education Coordinator Brenna Holzhauer at holzhauer@earthday.net.

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