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NYC Kids Make Big Apple Shine in Sanitation's 2005 "Golden Apple Awards"

June 6,2005 | Vito A. Turso / Ana M. Lafe (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 05-36, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the winning schools in the Department's 2005 Golden Apple Awards.

The Golden Apple Awards are key to the Department of Sanitation's education and awareness campaigns in New York City schools. The competitions, open to all schools in New York City, 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 27 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 $6,000 prize. Borough Winners won $3,000; Runners-Up $1,500, and Honorable Mentions received a $750 prize. Funding was provided through the support of the New York City Council.

Commissioner Doherty said: "New York City's Golden Apple Awards are 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.

2005 Golden Apple Award Winners by Borough

Bronx

Authors Academy PS 63 was Borough Winner in the elementary school division of TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up for the efforts of their third, fourth and fifth graders, who continued their school beautification garden project, solicited grants from kidsgarden.com, and launched a study in hydroponics. The teachers met NYS standards by incorporating science, math, arts, and literacy applications in these hands-on learning projects.

James M. Kieran PS/IS 123, intermediate division, won Borough Honorable Mention for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. The Bronx High School of Science 480, high school division, won Notable Mention for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.

Brooklyn

The elementary Division of Edward C. Blum School PS 46 was Borough and Citywide Winner in the TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up for their beautification efforts in Fort Greene Park. Student efforts included painting historic scenes on the doors of the park facilities building and improving their school garden by creating mosaic stepping stones made out of objects found in the park. This multi-discipline project also incorporated math and literacy components.

Both the elementary and intermediate divisions of the Hannah Senesh Community Day School were selected Borough and Citywide Winners in the TrashMasters! Super Recyclers. The elementary division of this school was also selected Borough Winner in the TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge. Students established a recycling program in compliance with Sanitation requirements and created a project that promoted new ways to reduce waste. Their program culminated with an Eco-Fest open to the entire community.

Other TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up winners from Brooklyn were:

  • Blythebourne School PS 105, elementary division, Borough Runner-Up.
  • Brooklyn Transition Center P373K, high school division, Borough Honorable Mention.

Brooklyn schools that won awards for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers were:

  • Alejandrina Benitez de Gautier PS 377, elementary division, Borough Runner-Up.
  • Mark Hopkins IS 33, intermediate division, Borough Honorable Mention.
  • Brooklyn Transition Center P373K, high school division, Borough Honorable Mention.
  • Morris H. Weiss PS 215, elementary division, Notable Mention.

In the TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge the following Brooklyn schools were also winners:

  • Hannah Senesh Community Day School, elementary division, Borough Winner.
  • Morris H. Weiss PS 215, elementary division, Borough Runner-Up.
  • John Ericsson JHS 126, intermediate division, Borough Runner-Up.

Manhattan

High School students from the High School for Environmental Studies were selected as Borough and Citywide Winners in the TrashMasters! Super Recyclers contest for their Recycling Club's successful mission to create awareness and participation in their model school recycling program with literacy and math applications. They were also Borough Winners in the TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up for incorporating science and literacy in working with local environmental organizations to clean up Dead Horse Bay, removing invasive species from Riverside Park, and planting trees in Inwood Park. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, intermediate division, was Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge and TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.

Queens

The Borough and Citywide award for TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge went to the elementary division of the David Porter School PS 94 in Bayside for their waste prevention awareness, which integrates reuse practices into every area of their school life and class work and for finding new approaches for the Cozy Comfort Pillows, which are made with shredded paper and donated materials.

P 233 @ Beach Channel High School was Borough and Citywide Winner in the TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge for their innovative "Project PIGG: Phones, Ink, Gloves & Glasses," through which students hosted a drive to collect and donate these useful items, tailoring their efforts to include Department of Education standards in public speaking, English Language Arts, and math applications.

The other Golden Apple Awards winning schools in Queens were:

  • Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205, elementary division, Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
  • PS 224@26 Q, elementary division, Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.
  • Chris Galas School PS 47, intermediate division, Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge.
  • PS 87 Q, elementary division, Borough Runner-Up for TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up.
  • David Porter School PS 94, elementary division, Borough Runner-up for TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.
  • Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205, elementary division, Borough Runner-Up for TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge.
  • Herbert G. Birch Western Queens ECC, elementary division, Notable Mention for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge.

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded and chaired by entertainer Bette Midler, recognized the Abigail Adams School PS 131 Q, elementary division, with its Rose Award Certificate of Appreciation for their beautification project in creating a floral garden. In addition, the NYRP will present the school with a combined package of cash and technical assistance.

Staten Island

The students of the intermediate division of Tottenville High School were Borough and Citywide Winners in the TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up contest for initiating an Environmental Club. Through this club, the students reached out to the local community and environmental organizations, encouraging them to become involved in area reclamation efforts. The students also become involved in teaching other children about recycling and waste prevention.

The other Golden Apple Awards winning schools on Staten Island were:

  • Graniteville School PS 22, elementary division, Borough Winner in the TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge.
  • Tottenville High School, Borough Winner in the TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge.
  • PS 37 Annex, high school division, Borough Runner-Up in the TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge.
  • Tottenville High School, Notable Mention, TrashMasters! Super Recyclers.

A complete list of winners follows.

2005 Golden Apple Awards - Winners
New York City Department of Sanitation

School Name Grade Division
Borough
Award

TrashMasters! Super Recyclers

Hannah Senesh Community Day School Elementary
Brooklyn
Borough & Citywide Winner
Alejandrina Benitez de Gautier PS 377 Elementary
Brooklyn
Borough Runner-Up
Morris H. Weiss PS 215 Elementary
Brooklyn
Notable Mention
PS 224 @ 26Q Elementary
Queens
Borough Winner
David Porter School PS 94 Elementary
Queens
Borough Runner-Up
Hannah Senesh Community Day School Intermediate
Brooklyn
Borough & Citywide Winner
Mark Hopkins IS 33 Intermediate
Brooklyn
Borough Honorable Mention
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Intermediate
Manhattan
Borough Winner
Bronx High School of Science 480 High School
Bronx
Notable Mention
Brooklyn Transition Center P373K High School
Brooklyn
Borough Honorable Mention
H.S. for Environmental Studies High School
Manhattan
Borough & Citywide Winner
Tottenville High School High School
Staten Island
Notable Mention

TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge

Hannah Senesh Community Day School Elementary
Brooklyn
Borough Winner
Morris H. Weiss PS 215 Elementary
Brooklyn
Borough Runner-Up
David Porter School PS 94 Elementary
Queens
Borough & Citywide Winner
Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205 Elementary
Queens
Borough Runner-Up
Herbert G Birch Western Queens ECC Elementary
Queens
Notable Mention
Graniteville School PS 22 Elementary
Staten Island
Borough Winner
Hannah Senesh Community Day School Intermediate
Brooklyn
Borough & Citywide Winner
John Ericsson JHS 126 Intermediate
Brooklyn
Borough Runner-Up
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Intermediate
Manhattan
Borough Winner
Chris Galas School PS 47 Intermediate
Queens
Borough Winner
P 233 @ Beach Channel High School High School
Queens
Borough & Citywide Winner
Tottenville High School High School
Staten Island
Borough Winner
PS 37 Annex High School
Staten Island
Borough Runner-Up

TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up

Authors Academy PS 63 Elementary
Bronx
Borough Winner
Edward C. Blum School PS 46 Elementary
Brooklyn
Borough & Citywide Winner
Blythebourne School PS 105 Elementary
Brooklyn
Borough Runner-Up
Alexander Graham Bell School PS 205 Elementary
Queens
Borough Winner
PS 87 Q Elementary
Queens
Borough Runner-Up
James M. Kieran PS/IS 123 Intermediate
Bronx
Borough Honorable Mention
Brooklyn Transition Center P373K High School
Brooklyn
Borough Honorable Mention
H.S. for Environmental Studies High School
Manhattan
Borough Winner
Tottenville High School High School
Staten Island
Borough & Citywide Winner

NY Restoration Project Rose Award

PS 131 Q Abigail Adams Elementary
Queens
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