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Lawrenceville Elementary School Awarded Sustainability Grant

L – R: Donald Webster, Jr., Sustainable Jersey Board of Trustees; Crystal Edwards, LTPS superintendent; Melissa Lockett, LES principal; Cari Gallagher, LES teacher; Lisa Gleeson, PSEG Foundation program officer; Randall Solomon, Sustainable Jersey executive director

Funds targeted for promoting wellness in the classroom

At an event held April 25, 2017, Sustainable Jersey for Schools awarded Lawrenceville Elementary School (LES) of Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) a $2,000 grant funded by the PSEG Foundation. LES was amongst a total of 34 New Jersey schools to receive grants from the foundation…four were $10,000 grants and thirty were $2,000 awards. Funded projects include an outdoor science lab, sustainability curriculum, school wellness programs, hydroponic and aeroponic gardens, green walls, wind and solar energy charging stations, recycling and more.

 

Entitled “Yoga in the Classroom,” the LES grant provides professional development for LES staff via a seminar to teach them how to implement yoga into their classrooms. This is a way to provide motor breaks for students in an effort to promote healthy mindsets and wellness. Cari Gallagher, LES 3rd grade teacher, and Melissa Lockett, LES principal, wrote the grant. Gallagher leads the district’s Green Team.

 

“The Mindful Moments of Movement grant at Lawrenceville Elementary School  will be used to provide our staff with professional development using Yoga 4 Classrooms (Tools for Learning; Lessons for Life),” shared Principal Lockett. “Implementing moments of movement at

 

LES will improve the focus, emotional health and overall well-being of our students.  We collectively plan to empower our students with effective skills to increase functionality and productivity throughout the school day and in their daily lives."

 

 “To be an innovative state, we must support our teachers, administrators and their respective communities as they shape the future of their students and schools for years to come,” said Randall Solomon, the executive director of Sustainable Jersey. He extended his congratulations to all of the schools and districts that received grants. “Grant funding will build capacity as schools embark on sustainability projects that directly benefit the students,” Solomon said.

 

The PSEG Foundation has contributed over one million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program. “We are proud to partner with Sustainable Jersey to support and help fund projects that provide sustainable neighborhoods, economic development and STEM education to empower a brighter future. By supporting sustainable education in schools, we can help guide children and engage entire communities in the ways to help transform the environment,” said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation.

 

Proposals were evaluated 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. Currently 256 districts and 634 schools have registered to work toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

 

All seven 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, an organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2017 Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA, the Gardinier Environmental Fund and the New Jersey Department of Health. Founding Sponsor contributors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation and Investors Bank are Silver Sponsors.

 

Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

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