Madison County Resource Education ProgramClean Air Bookmark Competition
Madison County students in kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in the annual Clean Air Bookmark Competition! The competition is created to encourage learning about the importance of clean air, as well as how children and other residents can contribute to healthy, high quality air in our community. Below, you'll find an engaging, educational video designed just for Madison County students. Check out the video, then download the competition guidelines and rules. Winners will be selected from four groups: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. First place winners will receieve a Kindle Paperwhite and gift card, and their bookmarks will be printed to share with students at their schools! Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 23, 2018.
Click below to view the video and find the form with complete details here.
Trashformations Innovation Creations Competition
It's time to start thinking about a Madison County favorite, Trashformations! All Madison County kindergarten through 5th grade students are invited to participate in the Trashformations Competition. Students are challenged to take materials bound for the recycling bin and, using creativity and critical thinking, turn them into something upcycled, functional, and helpful to life in Madison County. The registration deadline is February 9, 2018. Some aspects of the program are new this year, so be sure to download the complete packet by clicking here. Register online here, and watch the kick-off video below. After school-wide competitions, first place winners are invited to compete at the county level in April of 2018.
New This Year: Program Guide for Educators!
New! View the 2017-2018 Resource Education Program Guide for Educators here.
New for the 2017-2018 school year, the Resource Education Program is excited for the release of its first Program Guide for Educators. Inside, find everything you need, whether you're a veteran to the program or considering participation. This thirty-page publication offers an introduction to the program, steps and options for participation, funding resources, a complete curriculum catalog, planning guides, key dates and deadlines, and more.
Click here to view a digital copy or contact Program Coordinator Eve Drueke to recieve a printed copy of the guide.
New! Learning Activity and Book Downloads
New in 2018, The Madison County Resource Education Program is releasing a set of signature learning materials for participating educators! Downloadable books in PDF-format are highly engaging for students, aligned to Next Generation Science and other national standards, and can be used in conjuction with existing curriculum. Browse and download out the titles below and incorporate exciting learning activities for your young learners, as a part of the services offered by the Resource Education Program. More materials will be added throughout the spring and summer; continue visiting this page for additional resources!
|Meet the Monarchs! for established readers (grades 2-4) explores the basic features and behavior of the Illinois state insect. This book includes a glossary, full-color photographs, engaging illustrations, as well as steps children can take to protect monarchs. Click here to download.|
|Meet the Monarchs! for advanced readers (grades 5 and up) provides an in-depth look at the monarch butterfly and examines concepts such as structure and function, migration, and human-environment interactions. This download also includes a short answer comprehension quiz and answer key. Click here to download.|
|Bees aren't the only ones! Buzzing About Pollinators for grades 2-3 provides a complete look at the process of pollination--how it happens, why it's important, and who does it. This extensive book includes a glossary, thirteen incredible images, a list of popular bee-pollinated foods, and links to online resources. Click here to download.|
What is the Resource Education Program?
The Madison County Resource Education Program (REP) provides support, incentives, and educational resources for new and ongoing resource management practices within Madison County Schools, both private and public. While each school's approach varies based on its needs, all share a common set of goals. Our program's values are rooted in the wise use of resources, creation of healthy outdoor spaces in and around schools, and access to meaningful learning about Madison County's natural spaces.
The purpose of the Resource Education Program is to serve residents, students, and schools in the development of healthy, safe, resource-efficient learning institutions and educate while saving energy, resources, and money.
How Does My School Get Started?
For schools that are ready to join the REP, take the yearly Needs and Interests Enrollment Survey here and the Benchmarking Survey by clicking here.
Additional Information and Resources
Green Seed Grant Funding
The Madison County Resource Education Program and the County Board's Planning and Development Committee offer "Green Seed Grant Funding" for use in initiatives that address waste reduction and environmental education. Grants provide up to $2,000 maximum per school in the form of reimbursement. No matching funds are required. Find more details and application materials here.
Completed applications are due by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Key Dates and Deadlines
View important program dates here.
2017-2018 Newsletter Issues
Don't miss a thing! Stay informed by viewing past issues of our educator newsletter--full of information, links, and relevant resources.
October Resource Education Newsletter
November Resource Education Newsletter
December Resource Education Newsletter
January Resource Education Newsletter
March Resource Education Newsletter
Coordinator Contact Information:
Resource Education Coordinator
Phone: (618) 296-4606
157 N. Main Street, Suite 254
Edwardsville, IL 62025