Dundalk Middle earns top prize in county 'Clean Green' initiative

School rallied 404 volunteers for 121 clean-up projects

September 30, 2014|Staff Reports | The Baltimore Sun

Dundalk Middle School administrators, students and staff learned at an awards ceremony Tuesday that recent litter clean-up efforts at the school netted them the grand prize — and a $4,000 environmental grant — in the first year of the county's Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, school Superintendent Dallas Dance and Education Foundation Director Debbie Phelps were at Dundalk Middle to announce that seven county public schools were winners in the campaign, which resulted in more than 3,200 volunteers participating in more than 300 clean-ups around the county.

Through the Clean Green program county public schools and supporters were challenged to conduct 15-minute clean-up activities in May and June. Schools could also undertake beautification efforts as well as part of the initiative.

Officials said Dundalk Middle School alone had gathered 404 volunteers who filled 431 bags with trash during 121 separate clean-up events last spring.

Along with the $4,000 grant for Dundalk Middle, cash grants and STEM training were awarded to six other schools that placed first or second in elementary, middle and high school levels for the challenge.

"The Clean Green 15 initiative has been a great way for Team BCPS to learn about the importance of a clean environment and to show the pride we take in beautifying our schools and communities," said BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance.

All of the cash grants from the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools will go toward funding school-based instructional projects emphasizing environmental literacy.

First place award winners, which received a $2,000 grant, included Westowne Elementary School, Holabird STEM Middle School and the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science.

Second place finishers Chapel Hill Elementary, Ridgely Middle and Woodlawn high schools — will receive additional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) resources provided by Hot Spots Extended Care Programs Inc.

The challenge was a collaborative effort of the Kamenetz administration, Baltimore County Public Schools, the Education Foundation and the county's Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.

Sponsors included Comcast, Hot Spots and the Maryland Environmental Service.

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