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The Olymp-i-a Challenge: Writing for Green-Living, Peace, and Health! // Oct 14-20 Lights On Afterschool Event Announcement

Lesa R. Walker Public Health Physician and Author/Administrator of the Olymp-i-a Challenge

Calling all "Green Schools"! Engage children and youth in the Olymp-i-a Challenge. Make green-living an everyday habit!

Oct 14-20, help celebrate "Lights on Afterschool 2013" by participating in the Olymp-i-a Challenge "Lights On Afterschool" Global Online Event: http://www.idea4idea.com/lightsonafterschoolevent.html. Encourage and help children and youth enter positive ideas and actions for peace, green-living, and health online. Participate any time this week. It's easy! 1 click on the link. 1 entry. Done! Let's celebrate the power of youth to make a better world!

See the "Educator Innovator" blog post about the event: http://blog.nwp.org/educatorinnovator/2013/10/14/the-olymp-i-a-challenge.... Adult mentors and teachers can do it too!

The Olymp-i-a Challenge is a simple, yet powerful, writing exercise to help children and youth increase awareness and empathy and strengthen life skills in peace, green-living, and health. The "i" and the "a" in "Olymp-i-a" stand for positive ideas and actions. The Challenge engages children and youth in a journaling practice in which they write (or draw) about what they think and do for peace, green-living, and health in their daily lives.

For more information about the Olymp-i-a Challenge, visit the Idea4Idea website (http://www.idea4idea.com/about.html)and the Olymp-i-a Challenge publications (http://www.idea4idea.com/publications.html). There are resources to help teachers, mentors, and youth group leaders implement the Olymp-i-a Challenge exercise in a variety of settings (school classrooms, libraries, school clubs, Scouts, Special Olympics, 4-H, etc.): http://www.idea4idea.com/id125.html.

The Olymp-i-a Challenge can be done by youth as individuals or groups. The exercise complements and supports existing programs and curricula.

Feedback is welcome: http://www.idea4idea.com/contact.html

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