$100,000 for 26 Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Awarded to New Jersey Districts and Schools
On April 25, 2018, $100,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program funded by the PSEG Foundation to support integrating sustainability concepts into student learning experiences.
Projects funded include six $10,000 grants and twenty $2,000 grants that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Projects include a district wide recycling program, after school garden clubs, pollinator gardens, school culture and climate assessment, musical instrument rehabilitation, outdoor classrooms, green team capacity building, and much more.
|Wildwood City School District||Wildwood City||Cape May||Warrior Fresh Farm to Table Program: Will add a greenhouse to the existing outdoor garden to extend the growing season and expand student learning opportunities, particularly for the environmental science and culinary arts classes. The greenhouse will support the Warrior Fresh Farm to Table program and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ after-school and summer programs.|
|Newark Public School District||Newark||Essex||GO Green Recycling Program: Will implement Newark GO Green, a district-wide recycling program for paper, plastic and milk cartons. This hands-on interdisciplinary approach will be piloted in four schools and will educate students about the environment, personal responsibility, community action and solid waste management.|
|Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District||Middlesex County Vocational and Technical||Middlesex||After School Garden Clubs: Will start after-school garden clubs for high school students to support existing outdoor gardens at two campuses: Piscataway and East Brunswick. Will partner will Rutgers Cooperative Extension to install a rain cistern at the East Brunswick campus and educate students on how to garden.|
|Toms River Regional School District||Toms River Regional||Ocean||Play It Again, Toms River: Will rehabilitate musical instruments that have fallen into disrepair and can no longer be used by students. Once rehabilitated, the newly fixed instruments will increase equitable access to the music program for students who would like to play an instrument but would otherwise not be able to rent or buy one due to financial constraints.|
|Whiting Elementary School||Manchester Township||Ocean||Wildcat Wilderness Workspace: Will build a sustainable outdoor classroom complete with a permeable surface and a rain collection system created with help from Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The outdoor classroom will be used to teach students about sustainability and serve as a place to host community activities.|
|Christopher Columbus Middle School||Clifton Public Schools||Passaic||Wise Up with Water: Will ensure access to clean, safe drinking water for the school community by installing nine filtered water bottle filling stations throughout the school building, which will limit the school's dependence on plastic, educate students on the importance of clean water and reduce plastic bottle usage.|
|Cape May County High School||Lawrence Middle School||Tabernacle Elementary|
|Clifton School 9||Lucy N. Holman Elementary||Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School|
|Community Middle School||Memorial Elementary School||Toms River High School South|
|Cranbury School||Middle Township High School||Wilson Primary Center|
|Henry B. Whitehorne Middle School||Ocean Academy||Winslow Twp. School No. 5 Elementary School|
|High Mountain Middle School||Richard E. Byrd Elementary||Woodbine Elementary School|
|Kings Road Elementary School||Slackwood Elementary School|