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NYC Kids Polish The Big Apple in Sanitation's 2004 "Golden Apple Awards"

June 7, 2004 | Vito A. Turso / Ana M. Lafe (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 04-23, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2004 Golden Apple Award Winners by Borough

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the winning schools in the Department's 2004 Golden Apple Awards.

The Golden Apple Awardsare a vital component of the Department 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 26 years ago, encouraging students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhood.

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 that meet 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.

The citywide winning schools each received a $5,000 prize. Borough Winners won $3,000; Runners-Up $2,000, and Honorable Mentions received a $1,000 prize. Funding was provided through the support of the New York City Council.

Commissioner Doherty said: "New York City's Golden Apple Awardsare one of only two or three contests in the country that require students to produce real-world results, not just essays or drawings. It is heart warming to witness the dedication and creativity of the teachers and students who conceived and completed projects for these contests. They have demonstrated that hands-on learning can result in practical improvements to their environment, while they inspire community involvement and personal pride. I applaud their efforts, and their accomplishments."

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

BronxJames M. Kieran PS/IS 123 was Borough Winner in the intermediate school division of TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. The students' anti-litter campaign evolved into a club dedicated to community service through art.

Pablo Casals MS 181, intermediate division, won Borough Runner-Up for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. Students restored two memorial gardens that had been damaged. This school also received the Rose Certificate of Appreciationin recognition of the school's beautification and gardening projects. The Rose Award was created by entertainer Bette Midler, founder and chairperson of the New York Restoration Project.

Brooklyn

The Special Education class of P 771 K @ PS 225 was selected as the Citywide Winner in the elementary division of TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Upfor their ongoing cross-curriculum projects through Gateway Park.

Automotive High School was Borough Winner in the high school division of TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Upfor their graffiti removal and beautification project, which included essays describing the students' reflections on their efforts.

Dyker Heights IS 201 won Borough Winner in the intermediate division for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. Their students created a book whose characters conducted a recycling awareness campaign and community cleanup project; the students then completed similar projects themselves.

The other TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Upwinners from Brooklyn are:

  • Monitor School PS 110, elementary division, Borough Runner-Up.
  • E C Blum PS 46, elementary division, Honorable Mention.

    Brooklyn schools that won awards for TrashMasters! Super Recyclersare:

    • Blythebourne School PS 105, elementary division, Borough Winner.
    • Brooklyn Transition Center P373K, high school division, Borough Winner. This school also won Borough Runner-Up for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
    • School for Legal Studies, high school division, Honorable Mention.Manhattan

      The students of Louis D. Brandeis High School won citywide honors in TrashMasters! Team Up To Clean Up, high school division. Their horticulture and science project studied using coffee grounds from local stores as a soil enhancement for their gardens and tree wells.

      The other Golden Apple Awardswinning schools in Manhattan are:

      • Anna Silver School PS 20, elementary division, Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, and Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.
      • Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, intermediate division, Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Super Recyclersand Honorary Mention for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
      • High School for Environmental Studies, high school division, Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.

        Queens

        The Citywide award for TrashMasters! Super Recyclerselementary division went to David Porter School PS 94 in Bayside. This school was also selected Citywide Winner for its school-wide commitment to waste reduction demonstrated in the multiple projects students completed for 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. Students invited the community to help clean up an abandoned lot facing their school, incorporating math and science classroom work.

        P 233 @ Beach Channel High School, won Citywide Winner for the high school division in TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challengefor their school-wide book swap and for using bindery equipment to create pads from waste paper. This Special Education school also received Honorable Mention in TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Upfor their "Worry Garden".

        The other Golden Apple Awards winning schools in Queens are:

        • Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205, elementary division, Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. This school also won Honorable Mention for TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge.
        • PS 87, elementary division, Borough Runner-Up for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.
        • P 224 @ 26Q, elementary division, Honorable Mention for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.

          Staten Island

          The Graniteville School PS 22 was Staten Island Borough Winner in the elementary division for the TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge. They have created winning projects for the Golden Apple Awards contests for the past several years.

          A complete list of winners follows.

          2004 Golden Apple Awards - WinnersNew York City Department of Sanitation
          School NameGrade Division Borough

          TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse ChallengeDavid Porter School PS 94
          Elementary
          Queens
          Borough & Citywide Winner
          PS 87
          Elementary
          Queens
          Borough Runner Up
          Alexander Graham Bell PS 205
          Elementary
          Queens
          Borough Honorable Mention
          P 224 @ 26Q
          Elementary
          Queens
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Graniteville School PS 22
          Elementary
          Staten Island
          Borough Winner
          P 233 Q @ BCHS
          High School
          Queens
          Borough & Citywide Winner

          TrashMasters! Super RecyclersDavid Porter School PS 94
          Elementary
          Queens
          Borough & Citywide Winner
          Blythebourne School PS 105
          Elementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          Anna Silver School
          Elementary
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner
          Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
          Intermediate
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner
          Brooklyn Transition Center P373K
          High School
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          School for Legal Studies
          High School
          Brooklyn
          Borough Honorable Mention
          HS for Environmental Studies
          High School
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner

          TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean UpP 771 K @ PS 225
          Elementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough & Citywide Winner
          Monitor School PS 110
          Elementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Runner Up
          E C Blum PS 46
          Elementary
          Brooklyn
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Anna Silver School PS 20
          Elementary
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner
          Alexander Graham Bell PS 205
          Elementary
          Queens
          Borough Winner
          Chris Galas School PS 47
          Intermediate
          Queens
          Borough & Citywide Winner
          James M. Kieran PS/IS 123
          Intermediate
          Bronx
          Borough Winner
          Pablo Casals MS 181
          Intermediate
          Bronx
          Borough Runner Up
          Dyker Heights IS 201
          Intermediate
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          Booker T Washington MS 54
          Intermediate
          Manhattan
          Borough Winner
          Our Lady Queen of Martyrs
          Intermediate
          Manhattan
          Borough Honorable Mention
          Louis D. Brandeis HS 470
          High School
          Manhattan
          Borough & Citywide Winner
          Automotive High School #610
          High School
          Brooklyn
          Borough Winner
          Brooklyn Transition Center P373K
          High School
          Brooklyn
          Borough Runner Up
          P 233 Q
          High School
          Queens
          Borough Honorable Mention