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Local Students Win Cash Prizes for Their Schools in Sanitation's 2007 "Golden Apple Awards"

June 25,2007 | Vito A. Turso / Matthew Li Pani

Press Release # 07-32, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty today announced the winning schools for the Department of Sanitation's 2007 Golden Apple Awards in which school projects focusing on recycling, waste prevention, and neighborhood beautification are presented honors or cash prizes.

The annual competition (open only to schools in New York City) consists of three contests: TrashMasters! Super Recyclers, showcasing model NYC school recycling programs; TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge, rewarding innovative waste prevention practices; and TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up, which for the past 29 years has encouraged students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhoods.

In each Golden Apple Awards contest, schools competed within their grade division (elementary, intermediate or high school) for borough and citywide honors by conceiving and completing cross-curriculum projects that met standards established by the New York State Department of Education.

The Golden Apple Awards represents one of a handful of competitions in the entire country that requires the submission of real-world results.  Schools entering the contests must demonstrate their students' efforts with essays, photos, drawings, and other classroom work.  Submissions are judged by officials from the Departments of Education and Sanitation, and representatives from several local environmental organizations. 

The Citywide Winner schools receive $6,000 each; Borough Winners, $3,000; Runners-Up, $1,500; and Honorable Mention, $750.

Among these winners and runner-ups, five schools chosen from each borough also received the New York City Compost Project's Golden Shovel Award for Master Composter, noted by an asterisk(*) in the Golden Apple Awards Winners' chart. 

Commissioner Doherty said: "This year's outstanding entries demonstrated how teachers from different subject areas and their students were able to collaborate to accomplish inspiring beautification and waste prevention initiatives.  I applaud the efforts of every student and every teacher who participated in the Golden Apple competition."

The complete list of winning schools and descriptions of their projects is posted on the Department of Sanitation's waste prevention website,

NYC Department of Sanitation
2007 Golden Apple Awards Winners By Borough

TrashMasters! Super Recyclers

Edward R. Murrow High School, Midwood - Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner (High School Division)
Students in the Special Education Department worked together with the Environmental Club to overcome inherent difficulties in setting up a successful recycling program in a large high school using flyers, fundraisers and announcements. 

ACORN Community High School, Prospect Heights (Notable Mention, High School Division)

MS 45 John S. Roberts Educational Complex, East Harlem - Citywide & Manhattan Borough Winner (Intermediate Division)
In "Recycling For Our Future," students successfully built awareness and promoted proper recycling through school wide training, assemblies, and classroom presentations.

High School for Environmental Studies, Clinton (Honorable Mention, High School Division)

PS 229 Q Emanuel Kaplan School, Woodside - Citywide & Queens Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
"PS 229: New York's Cleanest" established a student force of Recycling Police to monitor, reward, and fine classrooms and offices to enforce recycling in the school.  Using books, songs, "edible landfills," and drawings, teachers integrated recycling into English, Math, Social Studies, Music, and Science classes. 

Police Officer Ramon Suarez PS 239, Ridgewood - Queens Borough Runner-up  (Elementary Division)

TrashMasters! Reduce & Reuse Challenge

Bronx High School of Science, Bedford Park - Citywide & Bronx Borough Winner (High School Division)
Students in the League for Environmental and Animal Protection (LEAP) Ecology Club initiated an exemplary multi-phased reduce and reuse campaign, engaging teachers, science classes, and various student organizations. 

PS 160 William T. Sampson, Sunset Park - Brooklyn Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
The school's "Read More, Waste Less" project encouraged students to think creatively about how their actions impact the environment and local community.

PS 321 William Penn, Park Slope - Brooklyn Borough Runner-up (Elementary Division)

Grace Church School, East Village (Honorable Mention, Intermediate Division)

P 224 @ 26 Q Rufus King School, Fresh Meadows - Queens Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
Students with severe learning and behavioral difficulties observed nature and their own relationship to the environment through various projects and activities.

Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill - Queens Borough Winner (High School Division)
In its first year, the Environmental Club introduced "A Green Project: Paper Recycling and Reuse," an extensive program promoting environmental consciousness throughout the school.  

Queens High School of Teaching, Bellerose - Queens Borough Runner-up (High School Division)

P233 Q @ 875, Jamaica (Honorable Mention, High School Division)

Police Officer Ramon Suarez PS 239, Ridgewood (Honorable Mention, Elementary School)

Staten Island:
PS 8 R Shirlee Solomon School, Great Kills - Staten Island Borough & Citywide Winner
In "PS 8 Colors Our World Green," students collected old, broken crayons to be recycled into new, larger crayons for children with poor motor skills. 

PS 22 Graniteville, Graniteville - Borough Runner-up (Elementary School Division)

TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up

PS 369 K Coy L. Cox School, Downtown Brooklyn - Citywide & Brooklyn Borough Winner (Elementary Division)
In "Working Together We Can Clean Up Our World," emotionally disturbed children and students with autism created a vibrant outdoor mural. 

W.E.B. Dubois School, Crown Heights - Brooklyn Borough Winner and New York Restoration Project Rose Award Winner (High School Division)
The Earth Science classes at this school for over-age under-credited high school students engaged in indoor and outdoor gardening projects.  The New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded and chaired by entertainer Bette Midler, recognized the school with its Rose Award Certificate of Appreciation for their indoor and outdoor gardening projects and their environmental research.  In addition, the NYRP will present the school with a combined package of cash and technical assistance. 

High School for Environmental Studies, Clinton - Manhattan Borough Winner (High School Division)
The Go Green club at the school engaged in a variety of environmental activities, and educated students from other schools through composting workshops at the YouthCan conference. 

PS 184 Shuang Wen, Lower East Side - Manhattan Borough Winner
In "School, Community, Earth: Share the Care," students, teachers, and parents created and maintained several gardens around the school grounds. 

PS 47 Chris Galas, Broad Channel - Citywide & Queens Borough Winner
For "The Green Invaders" project, students worked together to attack the invasive species that damage their school's unique surrounding environment, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

St. Anastasia School, Flushing - Queens Borough Winner
After doing research on wetland and watershed conservation, individual students were inspired to organize several cleanups to help preserve their local wetland environment.

PS 205 Alexander Graham Bell, Oakland Gardens - Queens Borough Runner-up

Staten Island: 
IS 75 Frank D. Paulo, Huguenot - Staten Island Borough Winner
Each season throughout the school year, students engaged in various activities to help clean up and beautify their school's community.


Grade Division Borough Award Prize School Name
Elementary Queens

Borough & Citywide Winner

$6,000 PS 229 Emanuel Kaplan School
Elementary Queens Borough Runner-Up $1,500 PS 239 P.O Ramon Suarez
Intermediate Manhattan

Borough & Citywide Winner

$6,000 MS 45 John S. Roberts Educational Complex
High School Brooklyn

Borough & Citywide Winner

$6,000 E.R. Murrow High School
High School Brooklyn

Borough Notable Mention

(n/a) ACORN High School
High School Manhattan Borough Honorable Mention $750 HS for Environmental Studies

TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge

Grade Division Borough Award Prize School Name
Elementary Brooklyn Borough Winner $3,000

PS 160 
William T. Sampson

Elementary Brooklyn

Borough Runner-Up;
*Brooklyn Golden Shovel

$1,500 PS 321 William Penn
Elementary Queens

Borough Winner;
*Queens Golden Shovel

$3,000 P 224 @ 26Q 
Rufus King School
Elementary Queens Borough Honorable Mention $750 PS 239 P.O. Ramon Suarez
Elementary Staten Island Borough & Citywide Winner $6,000 PS 8 Shirlee Solomon School
Elementary Staten Island Borough Runner-Up $1,500 PS 22 Graniteville
Intermediate Manhattan Borough Honorable Mention $750 Grace Church School
High School Bronx

Borough & Citywide Winner;
*Bronx Golden Shovel

$6,000 Bronx High School of Science
High School Manhattan

Borough Honorable Mention;
*Manhattan Golden Shovel

$750 HS for Environmental Studies
High School Queens Borough Winner $3,000 Richmond Hill High School
High School Queens Borough Runner-Up $1,500 Queens High School of Teaching
High School Queens Borough Honorable Mention $750 P 233 Q @ 875

TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up

Grade Division Borough Award Prize School Name
Elementary Brooklyn Borough & Citywide Winner $6,000 P 369 K @ P 5 Coy L Cox
Elementary Manhattan Borough Winner $3,000 PS 184 Shuang Wen
Elementary Queens Borough Winner $3,000 St. Anastasia School
Elementary Queens Borough Runner-Up $1,500 PS 205 Alexander Graham Bell
Intermediate Queens Borough & Citywide Winner $6,000 PS 47 Chris Galas
Intermediate Staten Island

Borough Winner; 
*SI Golden Shovel

$3,000 IS 75 Frank D. Paulo
High School Brooklyn Borough Winner; 
NYRP Rose Award
$3,000 W.E.B. DuBois High School
High School Manhattan Borough Winner $3,000 HS for Environmental Studies