Give a Little to Grow a Lot with the Go Green Youth Challenge
We are proud to support the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance (MADA) again this year through the annual Go Green Youth Challenge (GGYC). Since this program began in 2011, more than 600 trees have been planted in communities across the state, thanks to Michigan’s youth participation.
“MSUFCU is a big supporter of the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as they too align with our core value of giving back to the community, and we are really excited for the upcoming Go Green Youth Challenge to begin,” said Patrick McPharlin, MSUFCU’s President and CEO.
Students from kindergarten through seniors in high school are encouraged to participate in one or both of the two GGYC programs, a friendly statewide competition that engages Michigan’s youth in community development and service learning: a fundraiser and writing contest.
The GGYC fundraiser allows students to act as an individual or form a team in the challenge, and the person/team who raises the most will win the grand prize, which is a tree planting for their school or community. Students are challenged to come up with ideas to raise money for their team, such as classroom coin wars, pop can drives, bake sales, or seed sales, among others. This challenge runs January 13, through March 31, 2014, and money collected through each team will help directly fund community tree plantings statewide.
Another great way for students to get involved is through the GGYC Creative Writing Contest, which runs from January 13, through March 10, 2014. All students K-12 are eligible and encouraged to enter an essay about what it would be like “If Trees Could Talk,” and there will be a prize awarded to the winner of this contest.
Complete details on both the challenge and contest can be found at www.miarbordayalliance.com.