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LIGHTS OFF: Children at Goddard Schools Turn Off Lights for Earth Hour 2012

Over 45,000 children are “Stepping Up for the Environment”

More than 360 Goddard Schools are joining together in a week of learning activities about saving energy and the environment. The week will culminate with a big “Flip the Switch” event on March 30th at 10 a.m. in their local time zone, a day before the global Earth Hour event, when Goddard Schools will turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour. The worldwide Earth Hour event will take place on Saturday, March 31st, at 8:30 p.m. in each local time zone. Hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a global call to action on climate change.

Additionally, The Goddard School’s national Facebook Page will feature a “Goddard Virtual Garden” where fans will be invited to answer questions and provide their own eco-friendly tips. In return, The Goddard School will virtually plant various fruits and veggies in the virtual garden. At schools around the nation, Goddard School children and their teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives.

“The Earth Hour event is a very real and visible demonstration of the power of grassroots commitment,” says Sue Adair, director of education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “Working with the children in the week before the event will help them understand the significance of Earth Hour to feel that they are a part of a worldwide effort. It will also help share the message about this important initiative with their families and their communities.”

During the Stepping Up for the Environment event, Goddard Schools will integrate learning about the environment into art projects, science lessons and even snack time! Some classes will nominate an official “Lightning Bug” who will be responsible for always turning off the classroom lights when the children exit the room. Children will also create invitations asking their parents and neighboring businesses to join them in Stepping Up for the Environment.

“We believe that Stepping Up for the Environment presents an exciting opportunity for both our teachers and children to take a creative approach to raising awareness about energy conservation and protecting the environment,” says Adair. “The lessons that our children learn today will hopefully inform their lives for years to come.”

To learn more about the Stepping Up for the Environment event or The Goddard School, parents are encouraged to visit www.goddardschool.com/green or call 1-800-GODDARD.


About Goddard Systems, Inc.

Recently named No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.goddardschool.com for more information.


Since its inception four years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2011 over one billion people in 4,000 cities in 126 countries on seven continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 90 million Americans officially voted for action with their light switch. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New York City, the Space Needle in Seattle, Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the National Cathedral in Washington DC.  International landmarks that turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris’ Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney’s Opera House and Christ de Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.