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First Solar Celebrates Kids to Parks Day on May 16th

Posted 4 May 2015 7:45 PM by Laura Abram

Organized by National Park Trust (NPT) and other local and national collaborators, Kids to Parks Day is a nation-wide day of outdoor play that celebrates children exploring and learning in nature, and understanding the importance of conserving our planet. First Solar has supported the program since 2012 through grants, volunteerism, and offering site tours of our solar projects in California and Nevada. We’re continuing to support NTP by providing a $20,000 sponsorship to this year’s Kids to Parks Day through the Toledo Community Foundation. Through our gift and gifts from others, 3,300 students will have the opportunity to participate in Kids to Parks Day on May 16th.

Kids to ParksNPT’s Buddy Bison school program, a network of dedicated educators that use parks and outdoor spaces as an extension of the classroom, is co-hosting Kids to Parks Day. The Buddy Bison program was created in 2009 by the National Park Trust to engage school children with local, state and national parks to teach environmental education, conservation, sustainability and the benefits of outdoor recreation. Today the Buddy Bison program benefits children in 60 Title I schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th grade. More than 80% of the students in the program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch. 

We’re proud to be helping the Buddy Bison program with Kids to Parks Day and applaud their year-round work to boost existing school curricula with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Through the Buddy Bison program, students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks -- and the importance of stewarding our public lands.

First Solar is committed to promoting sustainability and clean energy, and we know the importance of educating the next generation about our environment including the parks where we live and play throughout the United States. We feel strongly that for communities to get the most out of our national parks, they must be well maintained and accessible to everyone, including under-served communities. We’re grateful for the opportunity to contribute to causes close to our hearts: conservation and education.

Children, families, teachers, cities, towns and parks across the country are gearing up for this year’s Kids to Parks Day. We encourage you to join us in supporting NPT by bringing a child to your local parks on May 16th. Pledge to bring a child to a park on Kids to Parks Day and find free resources, including park events at kidstoparks.org.

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