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Roy Lander in the classroom at Galloway.

Roy Lander, a Middle Learning science teacher at The Galloway School in Buckhead, will engage deeply with his students around climate change issues thanks to two recently received grants.

He will attend the UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris, France from Dec. 6-11 as one of 10 Education Ambassadors selected by Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy for their Window to Paris program.

Earlier this fall, Lander and Climate Generation nine other Education Ambassadors were recognized by the White House in connection with The White House Back-to-School Climate Change Education Event in Washington D.C. As an Education Ambassador, Lander will share his unique perspective with Galloway students as well as educators, citizens, and policy leaders worldwide through daily blogs and webcasts from COP21.

“As an attendee of this landmark event in Paris, I hope to provide another opportunity for my student-scientists not only to experience real-world science but also to firmly believe that they can have a positive impact on the Earth’s climate through the choices that they make,” Lander said.

Additionally, Lander received a grant through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) Climate Steward program to support classroom projects around recycling and the impact of plastics on climate and the environment. This grant includes funding for a recycling project and to invite Amandine Drouet, a local Atlanta artist who creates sculpture with recycled materials, to work with the students.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.