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NYC Kids Polish Big Apple in Sanitation's 2003 "Golden Apple Awards" Contest

June 16, 2003 | Vito A. Turso / Ana Lafe (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 03-36, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Golden Apple Award Winners by Borough

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the winning schools in the Department's 2003 Golden Apple Awards.

The Golden Apple Awardsare a vital component of Sanitation's education and awareness campaigns in the New York City schools. The competitions, open to all New York City schools, consist of three contests: TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge, rewarding innovative waste prevention practices; TrashMasters! Super Recyclers, honoring model NYC school recycling programs; and TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, started 25 years ago, encouraging students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhood.

The Golden Apple Awards is one of only two or three contests in the country that requires students to produce real-world results, not just essays or drawings. In each contest, schools compete within their grade division (Elementary, Intermediate, or High School) for borough and citywide honors by conceiving and completing cross-curriculum projects. Submission requirements call for schools to present their students' efforts in a binder that exhibits the results they achieved, and shows that the entry has met standards established by the New York City Department of Education.

Project entries were assigned a score by a panel of judges from the New York City Departments of Education and Sanitation, and various environmental organizations. Entries had to meet minimum score requirements; some categories did not produce a winner.

Each citywide winning school received a $5,000 prize. Funding was provided through the support of the New York City Council.

Commissioner Doherty said: "I am extremely proud of the work and creativity shown by the winners and by all the other students who entered our contests, as well as by the dedication of their teachers. It is very encouraging to see such a high level of involvement and civic spirit in our children. In their ingenuity and commitment, these students are a symbol of New York City's vitality and resiliency. Most importantly, these children are an example to all New Yorkers of how during these tough financial times we all need to step up to the plate and help our communities to make New York City an even better place to live."

The complete list of winning schools and descriptions of their projects will be posted on the Sanitation website, www.nyc.gov/sanitation.

BronxThe Bronx High School of Science won the citywide award in the high school division of TrashMasters! Super Recyclers. The L.E.A.P Ecology Club demonstrated their school's model recycling program with the involvement of the entire student body, administration, and staff.
Other Bronx winners were:

  • Authors Academy PS 63, elementary division, Bronx Borough Winner for both TrashMasters! Super Recyclersand for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
  • Pablo Casals MS 181, intermediate division, Bronx Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.
  • James M. Kieran PS/IS 123, intermediate division, Bronx Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
    • John Ericsson JHS 126, intermediate division, Brooklyn Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.
    • The high school students of Brooklyn Transition Center P 373 K worked on a beautification project together with Beginning With Children Charter JHS 703, located in the same building. Their collaborative effort won them a shared Brooklyn Borough Winner prize for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
      • Anna Silver School PS 20, elementary division, Manhattan Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
      • Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, intermediate division, Manhattan Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
      • High School for Environmental Studies, high school division, Manhattan Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.
        • Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205, elementary division, Queens Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
        • P 233 @ 827, intermediate division, Queens Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.
        • P 233 @ Beach Channel High School, high school division, Queens Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.
        • Staten IslandThe Graniteville School PS 22 was Staten Island Borough Winner in the elementary division for the TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge. They created winning projects for the Golden Apple Awards contests for the past several years.

          A complete list of winners follows.

          2003 Golden Apple Awards - WinnersNew York City Department of Sanitation
          TrashMasters!Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough and Citywide WinnerMonitor School PS 110
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Runner-Up
          Ernest Jenkyns Elementary PS 202
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Honorable Mention
          P 771 K @ PS 225
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Manhattan
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Future Leaders Institute
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Queens
          Borough Winner
          David Porter School PS 94
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Queens
          Borough Honorable Mention
          PS 87
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Staten Island
          Borough Winner
          Graniteville School PS 22
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeElementary
          Staten Island
          Borough Runner-Up
          Special Education School P37
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeIntermediate
          Bronx
          Borough and Citywide WinnerPablo Casals MS 181
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeIntermediate
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          John Ericsson JHS 126
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeIntermediate
          Queens
          Borough Winner
          P 233 @ 827
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeIntermediate
          Queens
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Marie Curie Middle School 158
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeHigh School
          Brooklyn
          Borough and Citywide WinnerSchool for Legal Studies
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeHigh School
          Queens
          Borough Winner
          P 233 @ Beach Channel High School
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeHigh School
          Queens
          Borough Runner-Up
          International High School
          Reduce & Reuse ChallengeHigh School
          Staten Island
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Tottenville High School
          TrashMasters!Super Recyclers Elementary
          Bronx
          Borough Winner
          Authors Academy PS 63
          Super Recyclers Elementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          Monitor School PS 110
          Super Recyclers Elementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Blythebourne School PS 105
          Super Recyclers Elementary
          Queens
          Borough and Citywide WinnerDavid Porter School PS 94
          Super Recyclers Elementary
          Queens
          Borough Runner-Up
          Rufus King School PS 26
          Super Recyclers Elementary
          Staten Island
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Gov Thomas Dongan School PS 11
          Super Recyclers Intermediate
          Brooklyn
          Borough and Citywide WinnerP 771 K @ IS 98
          Super Recyclers Intermediate
          Queens
          Borough Honorable Mention
          P 233 @ 827
          Super Recyclers High School
          Bronx
          Borough and Citywide WinnerBronx High School of Science 480
          Super Recyclers High School
          Bronx
          Borough Honorable Mention
          DeWitt Clinton High School 440
          Super Recyclers High School
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner
          H.S. for Environmental Studies
          TrashMasters!Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Bronx
          Borough Winner
          Authors Academy PS 63
          Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough and Citywide WinnerSamuel C. Barnes Elementary School 54
          Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Runner-Up
          Benson Elementary School PS 200
          Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner
          Anna Silver School PS 20
          Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Queens
          Borough Winner
          Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205
          Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Queens
          Borough Runner-Up
          PS 87
          Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Queens
          Borough Honorable Mention
          PS 256 @ 831
          Team Up to Clean UpElementary
          Staten Island
          Borough Winner
          PS 57
          Team Up to Clean UpIntermediate
          Bronx
          Borough Winner
          James M. Kieran PS/IS 123
          Team Up to Clean UpIntermediate
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          Beginning with Children Charter JHS 703
          (w/ Brooklyn Transition Ctr)
          Team Up to Clean UpIntermediate
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner
          Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
          Team Up to Clean UpIntermediate
          Queens
          Borough and Citywide Winner & NYRP QwardChris Galas School PS 47
          Team Up to Clean UpIntermediate
          Queens
          Borough Runner-Up
          P 233 @ 827
          Team Up to Clean UpHigh School
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          Brooklyn Transition Center P373K (w/ Beginning With Children Charter JHS)
          Team Up to Clean UpHigh School
          Brooklyn
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Erasmus Hall Campus HS for Science & Math
          Team Up to Clean UpHigh School
          Manhattan
          Borough and Citywide Winner & NYRP Rose AwardLouis D. Brandeis High School


      • QueensThe citywide award for TrashMasters! Super Recyclerselementary division went to the David Porter School PS 94 in Bayside. This school was also selected Queens Borough Winner in the TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.

        The Chris Galas School PS 47 won the citywide prize for the intermediate division in TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. The Broad Channel school created an oyster restoration project in Jamaica Bay, part of an effort to purify the waters of the bay. For their efforts, the school also received a Certificate of Special Recognitionfrom the New York Restoration Project.

        Other winning schools in Queens include:

    • ManhattanThe students of Louis D. Brandeis High School in Manhattan won citywide honors in the TrashMasters! Team Up To Clean Up, high school division. Their innovative project focused on reducing dog waste in tree wells. This school also maintained the planted medians on Broadway. This school also received the Rose Certificate of Appreciation, an award created by entertainer Bette Midler, founder and chairperson of the New York Restoration Project, in recognition of the school's beautification and gardening projects.

      Other winning schools in Manhattan include:

  • BrooklynThe students of Monitor School PS 110 won the citywide award in the elementary division for the TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge. The entire school participated in four months of waste prevention projects, including waste-stream analysis and reuse of objects for art projects. This school was also selected Brooklyn Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.

    The Samuel C. Barnes Elementary School P.S. 54 received the citywide award for the elementary grade division in TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. Students identified local environmental problems and solutions, resulting in various cross-curriculum projects.

    The School for Legal Studies/ Environmental Justice Club was selected the citywide winner for the high school division in TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge. Students conducted a month-long community reuse and recycling campaign of used items including electronics, clothing, and cell phones, and also conducted an innovative advertising campaign.

    The TrashMasters! Super Recyclerscitywide winner in the intermediate division was P 771 K at IS 98 for their outstanding school recycling program.

    Other Brooklyn winning schools include: