2003-07-11 / Community

Local Schools Win

Golden Apple Awards

P.S. 47, P.S. 233 at 827 and P.S. 233 at Beach Channel High School are among the winning schools in the Sanitation Department’s 2003 Golden Apple Awards.

The Golden Apple Awards are a vital component of Sanitation’s education and awareness campaigns in the New York City schools. The competitions, open to all New York City schools, 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 25 years ago, encouraging students to clean up and beautify their schools and neighborhood.

The Chris Galas School P.S. 47 won the citywide prize for the intermediate division in TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up. The Broad Channel school created an oyster restoration project in Jamaica Bay, part of an effort to purify the waters of the bay. For their efforts, the school also received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the New York Restoration Project. P.S. 233 @827 was the borough runner-up for Team Up to Clean Up.

Also, P.S. 233 @ 827, intermediate division, Queens Borough Winner for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge. P.S. 233 @ Beach Channel High School was the Queens Borough winner for TrashMasters! Reduce and Reuse Challenge in the high school division.

These awards are one of two or three contests in the country that requires students to produce real-world results, not just essays or drawings. 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. Submission requirements call for schools to present their students’ efforts in a binder that exhibits the results they achieved, and shows that the entry has met 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 Department of Education and Sanitation, and various environmental organizations. Entries had to meet minimum score requirements; some categories did not produce a winner.

Each citywide winning school received a $5,000 prize. Funding was provided through the the City Council.

Commissioner Doherty said, "I am extremely proud of the work and creativity shown by the winners and by all the other students who entered our contests, as well as by the dedication of their teachers. It is very encouraging to see such a high level of involvement and civic spirit in our children. In their ingenuity and commitment, these students are a symbol of New York City’s vitality and resiliency. Most importantly, these children are an example to all New Yorkers of how during these tough financial times we all need to step up to the plate and help our communities.

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