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Build a brighter tomorrow with better school sustainability!

18 September, 2019
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Adam Mathew
Parent and Content Contributor
Build a brighter tomorrow with better school sustainability!

With climate change continuing to grab headlines in both local news and major international outlets, there’s a growing need for schools to educate kids on improving the environment and sustainability. Raising student awareness on climate change, overpopulation and air pollution makes perfect sense – after all, the generation coming through your halls shall become the decision-makers of tomorrow.

How then do we better light the spark of social responsibility in our schools and wider communities? What is the best way to have the current generation be ever mindful of conservation, sustainability and the challenges they may well face in this less-than-pristine world we’re handing them?

Well, for starters, you could…

Get with the program!

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Specifically, the Bostik Smart School program that launched on April 22nd, 2019. Smart Schools is designed to help primary school kids foster their creativity and make a project with Bostik’s range of products. This year’s theme is sustainability and our environment, with the aim of highlighting the need for greater conversation on conservation.

Even better, entrants have the chance to win a share in $21,000 worth of grants and prizes! This year the prize pool is divided up as follows. Three major $5000 grants are up for grabs, one for the winner of each age group category (5-8 years, 9-10 years and 11-13 years). In addition to this one runner up in each category will receive a $1000 Bostik product pack.

Moreover, Bostik has included a People’s Choice Award this time around. This particular leg of the competition allows your family and friends to vote for projects. The winner of this worthy popularity contest will score a $3000 grant for their school. It always pays to have friends!

You’d best get cracking, however, as schools have until July 14, 2019 to submit their projects. The lucky winners will be announced on July 26th.

“The aim of the program was to link […] the importance of caring for our environment with our future leaders in a more impactful way,” Mellissa Coulter, Bostik Category Manager

Become a green campus

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“More than 3 million students are enrolled in 9,477 schools in Australia’s school system.”

Limiting the rubbish created by that sizable chunk of our population and the energy that’s being used in their respective campuses will go a long way toward improving our natural environment. All that’s required is for each of us to be accountable for our actions and to act in an environmentally responsible way on the average school day.

The good news is it’s a cinch to do! Below are a handful of measures you can implement right now.

Go digital with your newsletter

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We touched upon this a little earlier. Attaching a newsletter PDF to an email might solve some of your inter-office correspondence, but you can extend things further by ditching ye olde school newsletter print outs in favour of an eNewsletter.

Web-based or “e” newsletter platforms (like SkoolBag’s own eNewsletter!) can let you build newsletters that automatically respond to the device on which they’re viewed, changing screen size and ensuring that viewers don’t have to zoom into the content.

If you’re nervous about stepping into the wider world of eNewsletters, there’s nothing to be afraid of. I’ve whipped up a [step-by-step guide here](a step-by-step guide here) that can turn a newbie into a pro in next to no time at all. You can save the planet and dazzle your audience in one swift stroke!

Over to you!

Adam Mathew Avatar
Adam Mathew
Parent and Content Contributor

Adam is a father, a husband and a long-time entertainment critic. Before joining the SkoolBag team he was a day-to-day user of the app. He hates receiving printed newsletters with week-old fruit break on them.

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