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The Lorax “Every Inkling Makes a Difference” Student Writing Contest

From our friends at HP:

HP and Scholastic have teamed up to host the “Every Inkling Makes a Difference” writing contest and learning center. The program is designed for parents and teachers to engage with students through the story of The Lorax, discussing responsible ways they can impact the world around them, spark creativity and allow them to tell their own inspiring story. This “learn, see, do” philosophy will help students take what they know from the story of The Lorax and apply it right in their own backyard.

Students from grades 3 to 8, who are public, private or home schoolers, can read The Lorax through Read Across America, see The Lorax in theatres today, and then visit the “Every Inkling Makes a Difference” website to participate in science-based lessons and create their own storybook about their personal environmental journey.  Once their storybook is created, students can enter it into a Scholastic contest to win a $10,000 scholarship from HP. The contest is open for entries through April 6.

As part of the contest, MagCloud has developed a Storybook tool for creating custom books using templates, characters and backgrounds from the movie The Lorax. Students are asked to write a story that describes one creative new idea for how they, their family, or their community could live more sustainably. They can register for the contest (with their parents’ permission) at the Scholastic website (www.scholastic.com/thelorax), and then access the Storybook tool directly at lorax.magcloud.com to create their book. Parents can then order copies of the books, which are printed on-demand through MagCloud, or download a digital PDF version for viewing on their PC or mobile device. The books will be printed using paper that is FSC-certified, acid-free and fully recyclable making it easy on consumers and the environment. HP will be donating $1 per book to the World Wildlife Fund supporting their efforts in Sumatra to protect the habitat of the proboscis monkey.

HP has also launched a program that empowers consumers to “Print Like The Lorax” – a reference to making more sustainable choices when printing. The program includes videos and educational content with practical tips on selecting printing products designed with the environment in mind, choosing papers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and recycling used cartridges through the HP Planet Partners program.

Additionally, HP will be enabling access to Lorax-themed content via a new printer app and widget as well as on www.hp.com/create. This content includes coloring pages, puzzles and other family activities that are infused with eco-friendly tips.

To find out more about all of HP’s programs related to The Lorax movie premier visit  www.hp.com/go/Lorax.

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The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.