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Eldridge Park Elementary School Awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grant

L – R: Donna Drewes, co-director Sustainable Jersey; Cari Gallagher, teacher LTPS & Green Team leader; Kathryn Robbins, principal, Eldridge Park Elementary; Crystal Edwards, superintendent LTPS; Sean Spiller, secretary-treasurer NJEA; Thomas Hardy, organizing specialist NJEA

Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) announced that Eldridge Park Elementary School has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building grant. The $2,000 grant is intended to assist the school green team as they lead and coordinate sustainability activities.

“We are very excited to receive a grant that funds two bicycle racks, ten youth helmets, and ten bike locks.  Eldridge Park is a small neighborhood school where most of our students are either bused or driven by car.  This grant will enable families to ride their bikes together to and from school,” related Kathryn Robbins, principal, Eldridge Park Elementary School. Eldridge Park is one of four elementary schools within Lawrence Township Public Schools.

With this contribution NJEA has provided $500,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that we leave a better world for our students.” In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

“Sustainable Jersey grantees help advance our continued goal to create a more sustainable New Jersey and world,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “We look forward to the innovative projects and work that these schools and school districts will accomplish and we will share the tools, models and activities with other schools across the state.”

Proposals were judged by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

All seven Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) are registered with Sustainable Jersey for Schools. The schools and district as a whole currently are working towards certification within the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.

About Sustainable Jersey for Schools:

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs.  To learn more, visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com

About NJEA

NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing over 200,000 elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, retirees, and students preparing to become teachers. To learn more, visit www.njea.org.

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