Hello and welcome to the Agawam virtual Cooler Communities Challenge!
Agawam, one of our pilot communities has held two Cooler Communities Challenges so far. In 2021, it was a virtual event that involved over 600 students. See their projects below. And it is never too late to pledge action on the Action Page!
From student art to science projects, from vendors to webinars and town exhibits, this Cooler Communities event and this website showcase what our students learn in the classroom and highlight many of the actions we can take, to achieve a healthier, cleaner and more beautiful community for all.
Learn about and be inspired by young people’s smarts and care, from Elementary to Middle and High School, and then, most importantly join them in taking actions that are right for you.
Two Agawam Cooler Communities Challenges led to:
- Over 600 visitors at the virtual and in-person events
- Over 30 student exhibits ranging from carbon footprint education to energy options to plastic pollution
- More than 100 visitors pledged actions
- Forty visitors signed up for free energy efficiency assessments
- Others scheduled solar energy consultations or pledged to compost at home.Will you help us reach even more visitors, spread the word and pledge ways in which you will live in cleaner and healthier ways?
Thank you and enjoy this website, the student art and projects, the town’s pages and the action platform!
The first Agawam Cooler Communities Challenge happened in May 2019 and involved projects from all grade levels and many subjects, from poetry and visual arts to science. Close to 300 visitors came to see 16 student exhibits ranging from carbon footprint education to energy options to plastic pollution. You can find pictures from the 2019 Agawam event here.
Agawam’s second event was a virtual campaign, stretching over several months and culminating in a virtual celebration on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
The program was linked to Agawam receiving a Municipal Vulnerability preparedness grant from the state of Massachusetts to improve stormwater management. Alongside student projects from science and other subjects, it also featured the Hitchcock Center and Enchanted Circle Theatre’s work with 5th graders on stormwater and storm drain designs.
Parents and other community members are still able to view student projects, above, as well as pledge their own actions on the Cooler Communities Agawam Action Platform.
Here is Superintendent Sheila Hoffman, speaking about the schools’ participation in the event.