Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to focus on what we can do for others, something we know that supporters of the green schools movement do all year long.
Last year saw the biggest turnout ever for Green Apple Day of Service. More than 3,800 events, projects and commitments took place in 43 countries, with 306,000 volunteers supporting the learning environments of more than two million students.
Would you have guessed that at least 40% of volunteers spent the third annual Day of Service outside? The Center for Green Schools team was out in the September sunshine here in D.C., but we know that people around the world were participating in all kinds of projects:
- At the Muskegon, Michigan farmers market, students (and adults too!) learned about healthy eating by taste testing new vegetables and herbs
- At Chicago’s High School for the Arts, architects and engineers volunteered to install a recycling center and install a green wall inside of the school
- In Mexico, students at the Instituto Thomas Jefferson learned how to make their own toxic-free cleaning products, and started campaigns to rid their school of plastic water bottles
Check out our infographic to get the whole story on this year’s stats, and share it with your volunteers and community.
Thank you to all of the hard working volunteers that participated in 2014's Green Apple Day of Service. We’re already planning for this year, and hope you are too! Sign up your project today, and stay in touch with the Green Apple team all year long.