Fairchild Challenge Awards Dates

partyHooray!  Spring is here and that means we’ll soon be wrapping up the Fairchild Challenge for this year.  We can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments and announce the winners at our Awards Ceremonies taking place in Phipps Conservatory’s elegant Special Events Hall and in our amazing new green building, as well, The Center for Sustainable Landscapes.  Here are the dates:

Middle School Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 27, 6 – 8 p.m.

High School Awards  Ceremony: Wednesday, May 28, 6 – 8 p.m.

Please put the appropriate date on your calendar and plan on joining us!

The Environmental Action Challenge for Middle Schools

Second Place photoIt’s your final challenge and it’s time to show off!  Tell us the one or many cool things you did as a school to better the environment this past year.  Maybe you made changes at home or at school to conserve energy.  Maybe you helped raise awareness about an environmental issue at your school or in your community.  Whatever you did, big or small, we want to know.  And that’s the Environmental Action Challenge in a nutshell.  For details and requirements, see Middle School  Challenge #6 in Depth.  (MS Ch. #6 is due April 25.)

Eco Music Videos: Songs to Get You Outside and Connected with Nature!

Challenge #5 asked middle schoolers to inspire their peers to go outside and get to know nature through the power of music videos.  Despite the freezing temperatures, some of you actually went outside and shot your videos to show just how great the outdoors can be!  We heard some really phenomenal voices, too.  Congratulations to everyone who participated in this challenge – singing, dancing, playing ball or hugging a tree.  Here are the winning schools for MS Challenge #5:

1st Place (Tie): Carson Middle School, “Wake Me Up

1st Place (Tie): Keystone Oaks Middle School, “Techno World

2nd Place: Shaler Area Middle School, “Nature’s the Key

3rd Place: The Ellis School, “Connect with Nature

Honorable Mention: J.E. Harrison Middle School, “Go Outside

Honorable Mention: Marshall Middle School, “Embrace the Green

COOL NOTE: Tune in to the Saturday Light Brigade on Saturday, April 19th at 10:35 a.m. to hear some of the winners live on the radio, 88.3 fm WRCT, or online at slbradio.org.

High School Challenge #5 Inspires Positive Changes

Shaler HS Ch 5 (3)We challenged high school students to make changes in their behavior that would result in a personal and environmental benefit.  Some people got healthier while conserving energy.  Others became more energetic through consuming local produce free of pesticides.  It was a win-win situation and we commend all who participated (along with the many family members who took part and supported this challenge).  Here are the winning schools and individuals whose essays were commended by the team of judges:

1st Place: North Allegheny Senior High School

2nd Place: Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

3rd Place : Shaler Area High School

“Judges’ Picks” essays:

1.      Sam Passalinqua, Gateway High School

2.      Saket Rajprofat, Moon Area High School

3.      Audrey Immonen, North Allegheny Senior HS

4.      Josiah Johnson, Shaler Area High School

5.      Alex Stauff, Shaler Area High School

Music Videos from Middle Schools due March 14

Your assignment for Challenge 5, should you accept it, is to create a music video that will inspire kids to connect with nature.   We’re not looking for any fancy pyrotechnics — heart, passion and a strong message is what we want to see!   For more details, be sure to see MS Challenges in Depth, Challenge #5.  We can’t wait to SEE and HEAR you!thCACNRTVU

Middle Schools Make a Difference for Personal and Planetary Health

The judges, all health professionals, including the Director of Let’s Move Pittsburgh, Hannah Hardy, were impressed and moved by the efforts of more than 200 middle school students who made significant changes in their daily behaviors for the better.  The winners of Middle School Challenge #4 are:

1st Place: Marshall Middle School

2nd Place: Shaffer Middle School 6th grade

3rd Place: Shaler Area Middle School

Honorable Mention: Keystone Oaks Middle School

In addition, the judges have chosen five individuals who made substantial changes in their behavior that had very clear benefits for their personal health and for the environment around us.  We commend:

1. Jayme Law, Manchester Academic Charter School

2. Jeramie Welch, Keystone Oaks Middle School

3. Rachel Stofanak, J. E. Harrison Middle School

4. Trystan Laughrey, Marshall Middle School

5. Skylar Davidson, Marshall Middle School

Congratulations to all the participants who took on this challenge.  Your actions make a difference in the world!

And here’s the link to their wonderful and inspiring interview on the Saturday Light Brigade: http://neighborhoodvoices.org/yes-fairchild-challenge-honorees


Next Challenge: Be the Change

Compost!Lots of people make New Year’s resolutions to behave in ways that benefit their health.  But how about benefitting the planet at the same time?  That’s been your challenge and we can’t wait to see the results as written in your personal testimonials.  For high schools, your deadline is Friday, Feb. 28th.  Here’s to your health (and the planet’s)!