At Green Squared, we always value community service and can't help but collaborate with great community lovers to do something which can benefit the society. Here are some of the events we participated in recent times.
Do you remember what going to school felt like? I do, and it wasn’t always easy. You hear about those incredible people who strive to make a difference in the lives of their students and commit their lives to encouraging creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration; Heather Ellis is that person. She is a remarkable educator, starting each day off embodying the full cry essence of an inclusive, innovative, and compassionate teacher. She has supported substantial growth for each of her special needs students by aligning her teaching with the impeccable standards of a honored Veteran while fostering a holistic learning environment for each one individually.
Heather's dedication to inclusivity, engagement, and student-led learning is evident in her conscious teaching approach, always figuring out how to best respond and support the diverse and singularly unique needs of her students. By empowering them to take ownership of their learning, she nurtures their growth and development while helping them learn more about themselves and how to build positive, healthy relationships with each other.
Heather has made it her life's purpose to create a safe, inclusive, and respectful classroom environment for students with special needs and developmental delays. She gives her students the opportunity to be heard and actively contribute to shaping their classroom constitution, fostering positive behavior and respect for themselves and others.
When Heather asked if we would help support her student-led coffee cart program to promote entrepreneurship, business management, and social responsibility, we were thrilled. Being able to contribute supplies to continue the work project that helps develop essential life skills and relevant real-world experiences that she has worked into her curriculum, inspiring her students to become independent thinkers and responsible citizens filled us with gratitude for all she does.
Heather's teaching extends far beyond subject matter, preparing students for the responsibilities of adulthood. Including the addition of a classroom pet to teach responsibility, respect, and empathy. Heather's ability to engage and adapt to individual student needs is exceptional. Her students have shown significant growth, thanks to her thoughtful and creative approach to teaching. She communicates in the most compassionate, fun, and engaging way, allowing her to effectively create a culture of respect, and maintain high, yet achievable, expectations for all her unique students.
Thank you so much, Heather, not only for being a valuable asset to the education profession, but for being a force for good in the world. Your dedication to creating an inclusive, safe, and respectful learning environment, safe and respectful use of technology, and commitment to real-world learning experiences is an example we can all learn from and make every effort to implement more in our lives. You inspire me, reminding me of all the good that one person can do when they move through life with love and purpose in their heart.
Working with your tangible kindness, strength, and intelligence embodied in your teaching style has instilled a renewed confidence, inspiration, and hope in me, your students, and anyone else lucky enough to have you as an example in their lives.
01: Nampa Family Justice Program
We are so excited and proud to be supporting such incredible community outreach programs like Nampa Family Justice Center! Providing 911 phones is just the tip of the iceberg of all they do to greatly enhance the safety and well-being of individuals seeking assistance. Yami, the whole team, and the entire center serve as a vital resource, offering counseling, support, shelter, emergency protection, and comprehensive care to those affected by domestic violence, abuse, child endangerment, neglect and other traumatic experiences. With the inclusion of 911 phones, individuals in distress gain immediate access to emergency services, ensuring swift response during critical situations.
We are looking forward to continuing to support them in any way we can, including providing 911 phones and fundraisers to generate funds to provide all the critical necessities needed. Our goal as always is to complement and make the invaluable diligence of their hardworking, caring, and empathetic staff as successful as possible and reinforce their ability to create a safe and nurturing environment while ensuring swift emergency response when required. Together, these efforts contribute to the holistic healing and well-being of survivors as they rebuild their lives and reclaim their futures.
02: General Federation of Woman's Club
In September of 2021, I had the incredible privilege of meeting Rosie Mustic, who, at the time, served as the President of the Idaho Female Veterans Network. We met to talk about the heartfelt vigil she was organizing in honor of Vanessa Guillén and how we could contribute to the cause.
Vanessa's tragic story illuminated the surreptitious issue of sexual misconduct in the military, and Rosie's dedication to raising awareness and empowering women to seek help and support profoundly moved me.
It is deeply distressing to contemplate that Vanessa, like numerous others, endured her suffering in silence out of fear of retaliation. However, the collective voice of soldiers on social media, united under the #IAmVanessaGuillen movement, brought about tangible change. In late 2021, Congress passed the I am Vanessa Guillén Act, a crucial step towards justice.
This legislation now requires an independent prosecutor to investigate cases of sexual assault and harassment within the military.
Since then, Rosie has continued her tireless efforts, including raising awareness and support for DAV (Disabled American Veterans), actively participating in the Marine Corps League, and engaging with the nationwide GFWC (General Federation of Woman's Club).
In February, Rosie shared invaluable information during Heart Health Month, reminding us all to prioritize our well-being and to hold dear the things and people that are important to us.