The Team Up to Clean Up contest rewards schools that conceive, design, and implement effective cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects, including school gardens.
Team Up to Clean Up provides students with hands-on experience in caring for their communities, and increases awareness of their direct impact on the environment.
Bette Midler ' s New York Restoration Project presents the NYRP Rose Award to one Golden Apple Award entry in any grade division that exhibits an outstanding vision for a beautification project that embodies the mission of NYRP. The winner receives a consultation and supplies to help the school realize its vision.
Consider cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects that will lead to long-term improvement in your school or community.
Try some of these ideas for cleanup and gardening activities for students.
Review previous Team Up to Clean Up winning entries to see how other schools have engaged students in innovative cleanup or beautification projects, including school gardens.
Golden Apple Awards contests are open to NYC Department of Education K / 12 schools. Charter and Private schools may enter and win, but they cannot receive monetary compensation. The contest coordinator must be a teacher, administrator, or other employee at the contestant school.
Important note: Do not encourage students to undertake tasks that are normally the responsibility of paid custodial or maintenance staff.
Please follow all of these steps completely, or your entry might not be accepted.
STEP 1. Describe and document each cleanup, beautification, reclamation, or gardening project your school initiated. Answer the following questions:
Cleanup and Gardening Projects Implementation
STEP 2. Add supporting or explanatory documentation throughout, such as:
STEP 3. Prepare your contest entry for publication.
STEP 4. Convert your completed document to a PDF (3 mb max; larger files can 't be accepted on the entry form).
Keep high-res versions of your materials. If you win, DSNY may request high-res images or documents.
STEP 5. Register and upload your contest entry by noon on Monday, May 2, 2016. Please answer all questions on the entry form.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or problems.
If your school is composting on-site outdoors, or indoors with worm bins, enter the Golden Shovel Awards competition for your borough ' s Master School Composter as part of your Golden Apple Awards entry. Winners are selected by the NYC Compost Project.
To enter, check the box " Our school composts " on the online submission form and answer these additional questions. At the end of your Team Up to Clean Up project entry document, describe your school ' s indoor or outdoor composting efforts:
NOTE: If your school has Organics Collection, you should enter the Super Recyclers contest. Answer the contest entry questions describing recycling at your school for all designated materials, including food waste. Contestants are inspected by DSNY personnel to evaluate your school ' s recycling compliance.