BRICK TOWNSHIP- Students from Lake Riviera Elementary are awarded a grant by the NJ Student Climate Change Program for their second place win in the 2022 Climate Change Challenge.
The elementary students were tasked with a project that addresses a cause or impact of climate change. After careful consideration, the students and their advisors created a video that promotes awareness about the effects of single use plastics on the environment. The group named themselves the Green Team and were persuaded to create the film project after a visual of their school recycling bins, which were filled with plastic water bottles.
Constituents of the Green Team are 6th grade students, Shealyn Mooney, Rory Bray, Zain Voegborlo, and Madeline Drobny; 7th grade students, Noah Danielson and Kyle Danielson; 8th grade students and video directors, Frankie Civitano and Krupa Patel; and Co-Advisors, Mrs. Pamela Evans and Mrs. Dawn Byrne.
The title of their winning project is Reduce single use plastic in Lake Riviera Middle School. Let’s use reusable water bottles! A project Ms. Evans says the students hope inspires other students to carry reusable water bottles.
According to the state, “Winners were selected by a panel of judges that included educators and representatives from local non-profits, state agencies and the partner organizations.” After being selected, the middle school was awarded a grant of $1,000 to support their climate change education. The award ended up inspiring more than just their fellow students to switch to reusable water bottles. The school advises that they are creating their own reusable water bottle, plan to revamp their greenhouse, and to donate compost to Brick Community Gardens.
The NJ Student Climate Change program, funded by Atlantic City Electric, Exelon and the Drumthwacket Foundation encourages students and teachers to prepare for next year’s opportunity for the grant. As information is updated for the 2022-2023 school year Climate Challenge it can be found at bit.ly/NJStudentClimateChallenge.
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