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I have starting teaching a basic permaculture class for 3-6 grades at our local elementary school in WV. The local newspaper did an article I thought was really great. I am hoping parents would read it and begin to understand more of what I am attempting to accomplish with this course. http://mydailyregister.com/news/3829/learning-about-wiggle-room But again who still takes the paper? Not many, so I guess not many parents will read it.
 
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Debra I applaud your initiative.
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Some ideas come to mind for your expansion plans, this quote seems relevant, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step".
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Contact the best provider of red wrigglers and their housing products, get some sort of sponsorship going. Introduce your current project to schools statewide, then nationwide.
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Sustainability has seen some real traction lately, I even saw a poster at McDonald's.
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The sponsor doesn't have to be in the worm business; I recently heard of a story with a Republican senator whose son told him if he wanted his support he needed to be Green, evidently the senator is not alone, just Google RepublicEn. http://republicen.org/ Any business that needs good PR in the media would jump on supporting your program. Paul Hartunian used "a good story"to sell The Brooklyn Bridge. Then he appeared in news nationwide, even making it on The Tonight Show. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.hartunian.com/prkit/&ved=0ahUKEwi9n4jrtovKAhUL8mMKHbdgDbEQFggaMAA&usg=AFQjCNF-ujLa9aC28ospbYOq8h_9G8o6_w&sig2=WwlwvTnpeEj2XDhE7dlM0w
 
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Debra, you can also spread your school program idea through sites similar to permies.com. Prepper sites, home schooling, gardening sites.
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I would think all the schools would be on some sort of enewsletter with information on what's trending. What provides good teaching. If not, there's another window of opportunity.

By the way, fist bump to a fellow WV'r. My son is in third grade at Fort Gay.
 
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Debra I would love to see your outline for the class, I have been thinking about how to teach a class on permaculture at my boys school, it is a very small school and all I would need to do would be to offer to do it and it would happen, the kids currently have 2 aquaponics systems and start seeds for the school fundraiser plant sale so they are ahead of the curve but teaching the basics and principles of permaculture in a way that makes sense to their lives is something I really want to do. I have zero experience in teaching outside of doing so am really looking for a lesson plan that I could edit for my particular situation. I would also love to collaborate with teachers who understand permaculture to create some learning materials for 5-12 year olds. Matt Powers has created a program that I understand is for high schoolers but that is not applicable for me yet.
 
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