2012-05-18 / Community

Green Energy For Rockaway Schools

By Miriam Rosenberg


Students, faculty (including principal LaToiya A. Tolliver-Revell) join Lacerte, Keller and Richards for a group photo. Students, faculty (including principal LaToiya A. Tolliver-Revell) join Lacerte, Keller and Richards for a group photo. The Queens Botanical Garden along with the National Grid Foundation introduced an educational initiative aimed exclusively at Rockaway public schools. ‘Energy, You Move Me’ consists of workshops at the school and at QBG that will introduce elementary school students to the different concepts of energy, especially green energy.

Representatives from the QBG and the foundation, which funded the program with a $10,000 grant, announced the initiative on May 14 at Challenge Prep Charter School, which already has 90 students taking part.

“This kind of community involvement is so important because the schools and the students of the Rockaways have demonstrated considerable aptitude academically, but haven’t always had the resources they need,” said Susan Lacerte, the executive director of QBG.


Bob Keller, president of the National Grid Foundation, uses a Newton’s Cradle to give the students a lesson about energy. Bob Keller, president of the National Grid Foundation, uses a Newton’s Cradle to give the students a lesson about energy. Councilman James Sanders Jr, in a statement, called Rockaway a “resource-rich area primed to be at the fore of the renewable energy revolution.” He added that the program would lay a “foundation of understanding and insight about the importance of sustainability for the youth of Rockaway.” Donovan Richards, his chief of staff, hosted the announcement. Richards said, “If it were up to me every child in the Rockaways would learn about green energy.” Other schools that have shown interest in the program include PS/MS43Q, PS/MS 105Q, and PS/MS 42Q.



Students accept a Newton’s Cradle with the school name inscribed on it. Presenting it to them are Susan Lacerte, the executive director of QBG, and Bob Keller. Also pictured is Sanders’ chief of staff, Donovan Richards, right, who hosted the announcement. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Students accept a Newton’s Cradle with the school name inscribed on it. Presenting it to them are Susan Lacerte, the executive director of QBG, and Bob Keller. Also pictured is Sanders’ chief of staff, Donovan Richards, right, who hosted the announcement. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

Students talk about what they have learned to save energy at home and at school, including turning off lights and faucets when they are not in use. Students talk about what they have learned to save energy at home and at school, including turning off lights and faucets when they are not in use.

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