Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean

by Ocean Blue
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean
Empower 17,000 kids to Save the Ocean

It is so exciting to announce that we are just $388.00 from reaching our goal for this project! With less than two short months left in the year, we are confident about reaching our goal before 2021!

I am also excited to share with you about a virtual workshop I recently attended to learn about how to integrate tribal history and acknowledgement into Blue Schools cirrulicula at each grade level. 

The founders of Ocean Blue are tribal members of the Choctaw Nation and understand first-hand the importance of State of Oregon Senate Bill 13: Tribal History/Shared History The Essential Understandings of Native Americans in Oregon and The 6 P’s (Critical Orientations for Indigenous Studies Curriculum).

This is why Blue Schools integrates place-based curricula and strives to collaborate with tribal nations from any watershed where Blue Schools is taught to ensure acknowledgment of tribal lands, people, and nations for every classroom. 

Not every student has access to the materials needed to replace single use plastic products. By providing lessons and materials for Title 1 schools, or those reporting a 50% of greater economically disadvantaged student population, Ocean Blue gives historically marginalized students the tools and materials required to make individual choices and provides a locus of control for these students to make an impact in their environment.  

In addition to the curriculum you have helped develop through your support, Blue Schools is expanding to provide the reusable materials students need in order for them to feel they can make a real difference in their environments by replacing single use plastics. 

Thank you for your support and please consider a small donation of $5 or $10 to help us reach our goal! Please share the project to help too!

Stay healthy and well this coming holiday season!  

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A strong team of dedicated volunteers have teamed up to get Blue Schools virtual classroom lessons online! With the support of Patagonia and Catchafire, a platform that connects professional volunteers with nonprofits, we now have a development team in place to complete lesson plans for K-12 students both in the classroom and at home. 

As we speak, around 70 individual K-12 lesson plans are being developed and prepared for teachers and homeschoolers to connect students to their local watersheds and empower future stewards. Artists have come together to give life to illustrated characters who we hope will capture the hearts and scientists in all of our students for many years. 

When the global pandemic took hold, Ocean Blue directors knew that we needed to offer STEM educational experiences and with Patagonia spreading the word about volunteer positions, we were able to build a team of volunteers who all care deeply about our one world Ocean.The Blue Schools Team members each have years of experience in the fields needed to collaborate and build an inspiring and educational program. Together, we will instill in our students the connection we all have to the Ocean we all share and how to take care of it for future generations.

We are just waiting to gather on the beach to film for the Blue Schools video that students will be able to watch in class, online, or at home, no matter how inland they may live. To give students of color a role model to look up to and help them see themselves in the spotlight, we will be starring people of color in the educational beach video. 

Not every student's family is able to purchase a stainless steel water bottle or a reusable bag, items that many of us may take for granted. Being able to make water-friendly choices is sometimes not an option for folks who live on a tight budget, and for some of these folks educational opportunities may fall by the wayside due to busy schedules, which is why you are funding this program for a priority given to schools who have reported having 50% or more students who are economically disadvantaged. You are providing their scholarships! 

With your support, we will be able to provide students with more than learning experiences that they will remember for a lifetime. We will also provide students with Ocean Survival Kits, complete with every day items that are reusable and washable, to replace any single use items they will no longer have to depend on. 

We are so close to our goal, so spread the word or start your own fundraiser, and thank you for making the Blue Schools vision a reality! 

 

Warm regards, 

 

Karisa Boyce

Development Director

karisa@oceanblueproject.org

www.oceanblueproject.org

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Ocean Blue Project is engaging students from Florida to Oregon in outdoor ecology educational projects. In Florida, high school teacher Abi Carr led her students with intellectual disabilities in cleaning up a local beach. She utilized Blue Schools resources to educate her students about Ocean Currents and Marine Debris prior to the event and is dedicated to a brighter future and cleaner Ocean for generations to come. 

In Oregon, urgan ecology projects give high risk youth new skills and healing. Youth housed at Oak Creek Correctional Facility in Albany, Oregon are providing plants for urban stream restoration project in their city and youth attending an alternative high school are planting alongside Ocean Blue director, Richard Arterbury. The New Beginnings Garden, Native Plant Propagation Program provides a platform for collaboraiton with local community partners like Ocean Blue, the juvenile justice system, and high risk youth. The youth involved in the program learn basic employment skills and are provided with more advanced training and skill building opportunities in horticulture and restoration work. This program is an experiential based model focusing on achieving skills through hands on work with plants native to the region. These skills are instrumental in changing the lives of the youth served. 

With your support, Ocean Blue will be able to provide more service learning projects for youth in our Chapters across the US. Thank you for helping expand our reach and bring Blue Schools to younger students in the classroom. We are closer than ever to our goal and without you none of this would be possible. 

Thank you for sharing our vision of a clean world Ocean!

 

Warm Regards, 

Karisa Boyce | Director of Development and Blue Schools Program | karisa@oceanblueproject.org

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Development is underway in the U.S. Virgin Islands to expand the capacity of this program. Children from across the U.S. and now the Carribean will be able to have access to interactive live webinars that teach them about how they can be part of the ocean cleanup!

We are still working toward reaching our fundraising goal in order to produce the content needed for the webinar, so spread the word about Bue Schools efforts to help make this happen! Once fundraising goals have been met, filming for the recorded portion of the webinar will commence and purchase of software needed to deliver the webinar will happen. We are so excited about this exciting program and all the support that has been received so far to make it a reality for 17,000 children! 

Thank you for sharing our vision of a clean world Ocean and for helping to keep our Ocean Blue! 

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With you support, Ocean Blue will reach 17,000 students in 750 classrooms in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. through interactive live lessons centered around the state of our One World Ocean. So far,2 $1,552 has been raised toward a $5000 goal to launch the Blue Schools Program. 

The Blue Schools program educates youth of all ages about the link between the Ocean and Climate Change, the challenges of ocean plastics, and impacts of marine debris on marine wildlife, while inspiring kids to be stewards of our local and marine water resources.

Thank you for sharing our vision of clean world ocean and for joining a mission that is vast, critical, and inspiring as the Ocean itself. 

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Ocean Blue

Location: Corvallis, OR - USA
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Project Leader:
Karisa Boyce
Newport, OR United States
$6,449 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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$3,551 to go
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