Will Steger, the 2007 recipient of the National Geographic Lifetime Achievement Award, has led some of the most infamous polar expeditions in recent history. Now the School of Environmental Studies Education Foundation (SESEF) has led Steger to their annual fundraiser on Saturday, September 29, 2012 as the keynote speaker. The fundraiser, called S.E.S. Fest, is a charitable event supporting the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple Valley, a top rated high school in the southern metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul in regards to test scores, academic achievement and graduation rates. This optional public high school’s overarching theme and focus is on the environment and sustainability, providing students with real-world opportunities for field trips and projects across the globe. Valley Natural Foods is a sponsor of the event.
President of SESEF, Sarah Berger, said the foundation is excited to have Will Steger represent S.E.S. Fest this year because he encapsulates how an environmental education empowers and inspires students to take action, explore and come up with solutions to environmental issues. Berger adds that beyond Will Steger’s keynote speech, this year’s fundraiser really gives the community a chance to learn directly from alumni, current students and faculty how SES’s innovative teaching methods and sustainable opportunities have positively impacted their lives. The community will also get the chance to understand how SESEF helps stimulate this innovation through ongoing support of SES projects.
S.E.S. Fest will start at 2:00 p.m. with a local vendor food fair outside the school located at 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. The vendor fair celebrates local fare and environmentally friendly food options. SES informational booths will also provide information about the school and its innovative projects. Bonnie Matthews, who appeared on the nationally recognized Dr. Oz show for her weight loss, will sample her locally produced vegetarian Freekeh Foods burritos. Student, staff and alumni presentations will take place at 4:00 p.m. inside the school, followed by Steger’s keynote speech at 4:30 p.m. The event will end with a silent auction and live entertainment provided by Dave Hudson starting at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by Valley Natural Foods in Burnsville.
S.E.S. Fest tickets are available through current SES students, SESEF board members and online at: http://sesef.org/. Cost is $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. All funds raised support SESEF in its efforts to provide scholarships, grants and support for new and innovative SES student projects and activities.