SMS teacher receives scholarship from GP

Julie Cypert, a teacher at Sweetwater Middle School, is one of 10 teachers from across the country to be selected by Georgia-Pacific to attend Keystone Science School's 2014 Key Issues Institute: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom this summer in Silverthorne, Colorado. The teachers are from Georgia-Pacific facility communities in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin.Key Issues: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom is a national training workshop geared toward middle-level educators. The highly interactive four-day program is designed to help teachers of any subject build student's critical thinking skills while presenting unbiased scientific concepts and engaging them in environmental issues. At the same time, teachers further their own skills and knowledge. Cypert will be traveling to Colorado during the month of July. During the week, she and other teachers will solve problems mimicking real-life scenarios such as investigating the source of a town's health epidemic, testing water quality of a nearby river, and building a sustainable cable-car model. The teachers then bring home lesson plans and lab kits to apply what they've learned to their local classrooms. The institute also coordinates ongoing online support from other educators and instructors.Since, 1997, Georgia-Pacific has sponsored more than 150 teachers from its facility communities across the country to attend the institute. "I appreciate Georgia-Pacific for doing this for teachers," said Mrs. Cypert.Support of Keystone Science School is just one example of critical community investments made by Georgia-Pacific. Annually, Georgia-Pacific contributes through in-kind giving and direct contributions to causes and organizations aligned with its philanthropic focus area: education, environment, entrepreneurship and enrichment of our communities."We're proud to invest in our community's teachers by helping them bring environmental issues to life for their students. A healthy environment is critical to our community, so we're please that the teachers we support at the Keystone Center will use the skills they've learned for years to come."