KENNEBUNK, Maine, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wish there was something you could do to make an impact in your child's classroom? Or an easy way to support a teacher who works hard to make learning fun? By simply telling a teacher about the Tom's of Maine "Green Your School Fund" – be it your child's teacher, a family member or friend – you'll be introducing them to a $1 million fund to help kids nationwide learn about and care for the planet.
Tell teachers in your school community to visit GreenSchoolFund.com and submit a creative environmental classroom project that aims to educate students about green initiatives. Parents can also visit that same page to send an email or share a social post. When teachers make a submission, Tom's of Maine will automatically match every citizen donation made to qualifying projects.
In partnership with DonorsChoose.org, 2017 marks the second year natural care leader Tom's of Maine has offered the "Green Your School Fund," focused on helping kids learn about the importance of taking care of the Earth. The program has already reached more than 330,000 students and supported more than 1,500 environmental classroom projects, recognizing creative teachers who work to bring a bit of the outdoors in for their students. The public can also help support these projects in classrooms across the nation by contributing at DonorsChoose.org/greenschoolfund.
"We want everyone to 'tell a teacher' because we're inspired by their creative ideas to engage students. These educators are utilizing the environment right outside their classrooms to teach students how to look out for our planet," said Susan Dewhirst, Tom's of Maine public relations and goodness programs manager. "At Tom's of Maine, we love that young people are incredibly conscientious about the need to take care of the world we share and we're proud to support that."
"The Tom's of Maine program made a huge impact last year, helping teachers and kids get the tools for really memorable classroom projects that helped students learn about everything from animal ecosystems to hydroponic gardens to saving energy," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "Many teachers out there just don't have the necessary resources to create the hands-on learning experiences they want to give kids in the classroom, so this is a great opportunity for schools across the country."
Tom's of Maine is a pioneer in making products that are natural, responsible and sustainable, and gives 10% of its profits back to helping people and the planet. By choosing Tom's of Maine products, consumers are helping to create the $1 million "Green Your School Fund" and other community programs. Additional information is available at tomsofmaine.com/greenschoolfund.
About Tom's of Maine Tom's of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care, carrying high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, antiperspirant, bar soap, body wash, lip balm and baby care products. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting people, communities and the living planet. For 47 years, Tom's of Maine has supported hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support nature and healthy families, and by encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteer. Tom's of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company's high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company's sensitive way of doing business. Most Tom's of Maine products are vegan, kosher, halal-certified and gluten-free. All packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities. Tom's of Maine values partnering with its consumers, suppliers and community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for people and the planet. Visit us online at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine.
About DonorsChoose.org Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Teachers at over two-thirds of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 2 million people have donated $430 million to projects that inspire them. Over 18 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.