ARLINGTON, VA — The Department of Defense Education Activity will celebrate National Environmental Education from April 11-17, 2010. National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the largest organized environmental education event in the United States. It is designed to inspire environmental learning and stewardship among students by connecting educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment.
EE Week increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. By participating in EE Week, students are encouraged to make a difference in their schools, homes, and communities.
In 2009, over 2,500 schools and organizations across the country organized EE Week events. Schools throughout DoDEA will be celebrating EE Week with different events designed to education and engage students in environmental awareness.
It is important for students to gain a better understanding of current environmental issues and get involved in preserving the environment. During Environmental Week students learn about what they can do to protect the environment in their home, school, and community. It provides an excellent opportunity to get communities thinking about the interrelatedness of ecological and environmental concerns.
For more information about EE week visit the National Environmental Education Foundation website at: http://www.eeweek.org. For information on DoDEA’s involvement in the program contact Kim Day, Chief of Science, DoDEA. For information about activities at specific schools, contact the Principal at that school.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.