Be a Part of Summit for the Planet April 9th!


Saturday, April 9, 2011

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mount Madonna School Campus

Schedule of the Day

9:30  Registration & Walk-a-thon

11:00  Festival begins

11:15  MMS students present songs for the Earth

11:45  Keynote by Dr. Kerry Kriger

12:00  Solar car race, hosted by MMS 8th grade

Eco-Carnival opens

12:25  Bungee jump experiment by MMS 6th/7th science students

12:30  Wooster on the main stage

1:15  Trash Fashion Show on the main stage

2:00  Eco-Carnival closes

3:00  Festival concludes


  • walk-a-thon
  • eco-friendly vendor booths
  • student exhibits
  • hands-on learning activities & presentations
  • eco-“carnival” for elementary-age children
  • trash fashion show
  • live music
  • healthy food
  • Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Kerry Kriger, Ecologist and Founder of Save The Frogs!
  • Band: Wooster

 Attendance: More than 500 attendees – of all ages in 2010

 Mission and Purpose

Summit for the Planet centers on giving inspiration and instruction to today’s youth and their families in how they can take meaningful action on important environmental and stewardship issues. In the past two years, this Festival has shown how invigorating it is to bring together students, faculty, parents, grandparents, community members, scientists, and other local experts to participate together in a day of enjoyable learning activities.

For MMS, this event is:

  • a fun, educational, community-building event for our current students and their families, faculty and staff
  • a major fundraiser for our school
  • a way to showcase our students’ work to our own families, grandparents, and special friends
  • an outreach event for the public and prospective families to showcase our campus and exhibit what makes our school unique

Summit for the Planet walk-a-thon

The walk-a-thon raises funds for MMS. Other local non-profit community organizations (schools, youth groups, environmental organizations) are welcome. Groups are invited to raise funds through walk-a-thon pledges and they keep 70% for their own organizations (that’s a much better return than wrapping paper, cookie dough or magazines).


All parents and students are invited to be a part!

Walk-a-thon: The Middle School families are assigned to this area of the event. Ways you can be involved:

  • Invitations to organizations to participate
  • Encouraging student, parent, and teacher registrations and pledges
  • T-shirt order
  • Course layout
  • Prizes
  • Staffing of the walk
  • Set-up and break-down
  • Signage

Eco-Carnival: The Elementary families are assigned to this area. Ways you can be involved:

  • Prizes
  • Tickets/punch card
  • Building and decorating the game booths
  • Staffing the booths, including the “ticket” booth
  • Set-up and break-down

Activity and Learning Booths: The High School parents are assigned to this area. Ways to be involved:

  • Invitations to organizations and sponsors to participate
  • Festival lay-out
  • Aactivity card (“passport to adventure”)
  • Raffle prizes
  • Staffing
  • Set-up and break-down
  • Retail booth
  • Snack booth
  • Signage
  • Trash fashion show!
  • Hiring food vendors and parking staff. Ideas, let us know!

3rd annual Media Resale!
Please bring any unwanted books, games and movies to the farmhouse or upper campus library to be resold at the Festival for the Environment. Your used media will go to stock our library & classroom shelves and to raise money through their resale for our Capital Campaign! Please contact Jessica Cambell with any questions


Contact: Leigh Ann Clifton, director of marketing & communications,


Nestled among the redwoods on 380 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learning community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believes a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The program, accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.

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