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5/22/09

Rothbury Festival's Green Contest - Benefits Local Schools

ROTHBURY's 2009 SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS INITIATIVES ARE IN FULL SWING

ROTHBURY'S GREEN ROCKS! CONTEST PRESENTS THE GRAND PRIZE TO PINEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S 5th GRADE CLASS ON THURSDAY, MAY 28 AT 1 PM AT THE SCHOOL

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GATHER TO PLANT TREES
DONATED BY ROTHBURY FESTIVAL

ROTHBURY's Green Rocks! Sustainable Schools Contest, in partnership with law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC's Education Task Force and JFNew, will present the Grand Prize context winners at Pinewood Elementary School on Thursday, May 28 at 1 PM.

The Green Rocks! Sustainable Schools Contest, which asked students in classrooms (grades 1-8) in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, and Oceana County schools "How can you make your school or community more sustainable?"

The Green Rocks! Grand Prize winner is Mrs. Karen Weaver's Fifth Grade Class at Pinewood Elementary School in Jenison, Michigan. Mrs. Weaver's Fifth graders recycled more the 3,000 pounds of plastic shopping bags and made sure that 7 tons of phone books became home insulation.  Nine other classrooms were also awarded first place for excellent work. 

"We were blown away by the sophistication of all the entries," said Leslee Lewis, contest organizer.  "These amazing young people understood and explained the concepts of organic gardening, green building materials, live roofs, composting, alternative energy, recycling and fair trade. Clearly our future is in good hands."

All winners listed below:

Grand Prize Classroom:
Karen Weaver's Fifth Grade Class at Pinewood Elementary School in Jenison, MI

First Prize Winners:
Susan Tate's "Treehuggers" Environmental Club at Whitehall Middle School
Gwen Luban's 5th graders at Allendale Middle School
Lesa Van Liere's 1st graders at Zeeland Public Schools' Quincy Elementary
Michael Boosamra's 6th graders at Grand Rapids Public Schools' Center for 
Economicology
Kristin Day-Hinkin's 5th graders at Montague Public Schools' Oehrli Elementary
Elizabeth Pardue's 4th graders at Whitehall Public Schools' Ealy Elementary
Janene Schroeder's 5th graders at Allendale Middle School
Karen Kraii's 3rd graders at Montague Public Schools' Oehrli Elementary
Ben Ashby's 1st graders at Zeeland Public Schools' Quincy Elementary

ROTHBURY Festival's 2009 Sustainable Schools projects, including the Green Rocks! Sustainable Schools contest and a recent Tree Donation and Planting Ceremony, encourage local area students to consider environmental consciousness and engage them in activities that give back to their communities. 

On Tuesday, May 12 a group of students from Shelby High School gathered to plant trees donated to the village of Shelby by the ROTHBURY Festival. Ten Caliper trees were planted in front of Shelby's Department of Public Works Building.  The trees were a gift from ROTHBURY's many 2009 ticket buyers who, when purchasing Festival tickets, opted-in to ROTHBURY's Green Ticket.  The Green Ticket funds programs to that give back to local communities by helping make schools more sustainable. 

ROTHBURY emerged last year as a new Fourth of July celebration. With The Dead performing their only summer show, The String Cheese Incident together for their only show for 2009, and cultural icons Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Ralph Stanley, ROTHBURY 2009 continues to honor America's extraordinary festival lineage. Interlacing ushers of the new American music scene such as STS9, Chromeo, and MSTRKRFT, globally recognized acts including Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, and King Sunny Adé & His African Beats and local Michigan artists The Macpodz, Steppin' In It, The Ragbirds, Four Finger Five, and The Hard Lessons, ROTHBURY delivers music of integrity across all genres. Coupled with a commitment to exploring the integration of art and modern thought and technology throughout the event, ROTHBURY creates a unique 21st century American gathering unlike any other.

Building on its mission to create a state-of-the-art large scale sustainable event and to organize and nurture community involvement that makes a difference, ROTHBURY 2009 promises even more cutting-edge festival implementation of ever-changing green technologies. The 2009 ROTHBURY Think Tank, an event within the event, explores the topic of the emerging "New Green Economy." The Think Tank will host various buzz sessions and roundtables between leading scientists, scholars, writers, progressive political and corporate leaders, youth leaders, ROTHBURY artists, and ROTHBURY attendees.  Think Tank Programming details coming soon.

ROTHBURY itself is committed to producing a near zero-waste concert. The first to tackle a green program of this magnitude at an around-the-clock (camping) concert in the USA, ROTHBURY has an on-staff Greening Chief, and has implemented multiple initiatives toward this effort, including replacing disposables with 100% compostables, recycling and composting, choosing clean energy, carbon-offsetting, and Green Ticket options. Visit www.rothburyfestival.comfor more information.

Tickets to ROTHBURY on sale now at www.rothburyfestival.com

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