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Ted teaches 4th grade at Park School in Brookline, MA and is organizing www.CatalogCancelingChallenge.com. His green videos can be seen at www.TedWells.tv. Email to catalogcancelingchallenge@gmail.com.

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Kids Stoppin' Styrofoam at Dunkin' Donuts

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:24 PM

The following Change.org petition was written by 4th and 5th graders Kaori, Sami, Hannah, Lauren, Becca, and Maya. These girls and their recess "Styrofoam Club" at The Park School in Brookline, MA, are passionate about helping the planet and came up with this idea.

A few years ago...

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Earth Day Ideas From My School to Yours

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:23 PM

"Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart." ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

At The Park School in Brookline, MA, where I teach fourth grade, we do the things most...

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Help the Lorax Speak for the Trees!

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 2:45 PM

My fourth grade class group wrote the following request of Universal Pictures at Change.org. We're asking Universal to add environmental education and materials to The Lorax movie website to make it more like the book's website. This is important because this is the message...

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Earth Day Lesson: Reducing Phone Books in Your Town

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 3:00 PM

Are you a fifth- to 12th-grade teacher who's annoyed by the 540 million yellow phone books littering our doorsteps each year? Concerned about the environmental costs of such waste? Looking for a green, service-learning project for your classroom that gets students involved in civics? If yes, join us at

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How Green is the Paper in Your Holiday Catalogs?

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 11:16 AM

Have you noticed those little "green" logos on paper products? They are usually in the shape of a tree or leaf, and don't they make you feel warm and fuzzy? Like you are really doing your part for the environment?

Turn over a holiday sales catalog. See if you can...

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Student Project Breaks Record and Saves 112 Trees

(6) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 9:28 AM

UPDATE: Here are a few new photos of what we teachers agreed to do if the kids broke last year's record.
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Kindergarten Class Builds a Windmill

(6) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 4:08 PM

The following article about a Kindergarten class building a wind turbine was written by Kate LaPine the Director of Communications at The Park School in Brookline, MA for the Spring 2010 addition of "The Park School Bulletin."

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The Catalog Canceling Challenge: An Easy Earth Month Project for Kids

(3) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 11:04 AM

You know those annoying sales catalogs that show up a little too often in your overcrowded mailbox? The ones that go straight into the recycling bin? At The Park School, in Brookline, Massachusetts, where I teach fourth grade, these catalogs were a problem. We were receiving over 30 per day....

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350: Polar Bears, Harbor Seals, and a Boy

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2009 | 8:25 PM

My wife and I attended an upbeat 350 rally in Boston with our one-year-old son. Before heading over, I noticed the little guy was wearing his "Bowdoin Polar Bears" t-shirt, so I put a strip of duct tape over "Bowdoin" and Sharpied in "Save the" instead. Voila! He was ready...

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Six Earth Day Activities for Your Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 2:41 PM

Sprinkle a few of the Earth Day seeds below into the fertile garden that is your classroom. With the help of your students, tend to these ideas, and watch them grow! Here are six activities that my fourth grade classroom at The Park School in Brookline, MA has been working...

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5th Grader to Obama: "No school on Fridays. Less homework. Stop the war. Stop global warming."

(19) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 1:51 PM

As part of election coverage at The Park School in Brookline, MA, fifth graders completed an online survey hosted by author Susan Goodman. In their survey answers, the kids expressed concern about taxes, jobs, immigration, and health care. More than anything else, these kids want the Obama...

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Student YouTube Videos Save Trees

(2) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 10:49 AM

My 4th grade class made YouTube videos to spread our catalog canceling project to others in hopes that more schools and scouts will join us. We made the videos as we canceled unwanted sales catalogs for 30 days to save trees, water, energy, and climate. Our school canceled over...

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Dear Santa, Stop Putting Catalogs in My Mailbox

(4) Comments | Posted December 24, 2008 | 4:24 PM

Ho! Ho! Ho! Many don't realize it, but we have a demented, over-caffeinated Santa with a wicked grin and dirty boots frantically traversing the United States delivering a 70-mile tall stack of sales catalogs to our mailboxes ... each day. That's millions upon millions of glossy Land's End, Williams-Sonoma, and...

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Kids Cancel Catalogs to Save Trees and Planet

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2008 | 5:03 PM

You know those annoying sales catalogs that show up a little too often in your overcrowded mailbox? The ones that go straight into the recycling bin? At The Park School in Brookline, MA, where I teach fourth grade, these catalogs were a problem. We were receiving over thirty per day....

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