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Ideas bloom in Northeast Ohio classroom thanks to Avery Dennison

A Perry High School teacher received the Avery Dennison Classroom Grant

Ideas bloomed for students in the classroom of one Northeast Ohio teacher thanks to an Avery Dennison Classroom Grant. Teacher Sarah Rivera, of Perry High School, received a grant to develop a project called Algae KaBLOOM. With the grant, Sarah will teach her students about sustainability with hands-on experience.

Product Compliance and Sustainability Manager Sarah Sanzo and Ecosystem Partners Manager Collin Moore, both of Avery Dennison, presented the award. The project offers an opportunity to model and conduct experiments on algae blooms in the classroom. Students will study the impact of fertilizers and learn how choices made at home can impact everyone.

“It is exciting to see teachers going above and beyond to spark curiosity and bring innovation into their classrooms,” said Sanzo. “Educators like Sarah (Rivera) are bringing sustainability issues into school. Like Avery Dennison, they're sharing the passion for this topic with the community and the next generation. I look forward to seeing the results of the experiments and the discussion around this serious sustainability issue.”

The classroom grant is in collaboration with Partners in Science Excellence. PSE was founded in 1989 by local scientists, educators and businesses in the community, including Avery Dennison. The Avery Dennison PSE committee allows us to share values with customers, suppliers and our communities. Every year, Avery Dennison supports inquiry-based STEM projects proposed by Northeast Ohio teachers. The grant awards creative and forward-thinking educators with funds for sustainability education.

“I’ve always had a passion for STEM education,” said Collin. “The partnership with PSE and the generous funding from Avery Dennison allow us to impact more students than we ever could alone.”

At the award ceremony, 2018 grant recipient, Tim Pira of Madison High School, shared the fruits of his winning concept. The basil that topped the event's pizza was grown using the aquaponics system he developed with his class. They now sell the basil to local restaurants to help fund field trips and to drive the “eat local” movement.

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