Local schools honored in county cleanup challenge
Stemmers Run, Chapel Hill, Vincent Farm recognized
Three local schools were honored for their participation in the third annual Team BCPS (Baltimore County Public Schools) Clean Green 15 Challenge.
Chapel Hill and Vincent Farm elementary schools and Stemmers Run Middle School each received honorable mentions during an awards ceremony held at Reisterstown Elementary School on May 11.
The Clean Green 15 Challenge is an environmental competition that tasks BCPS students, staff and families with participating in litter cleanup activities. From last fall to this April, participants conducted 406 15-minute cleanups, resulting in 5,602 volunteers picking up at least 3,100 bags of trash countywide.
“Just for a second, try to imagine 3,100 bags of litter,” Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz told students last week. “Think about how great it is that it got bagged up rather than ending up in our stream, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.”
Locally, Chapel Hill and Vincent Farm elementary schools worked together, recruiting 15 volunteers who collected an impressive 532 pounds of trash between them.
Stemmers Run Middle School had 29 volunteers collecting 174 pounds of litter during the campaign. Each of the schools received an iPad for their efforts. The grand prize in the competition went to two schools — Reisterstown Elementary School (most volunteers) and Grange Elementary School (most little collected). Each of these schools earned a $3,000 environmental education grant from the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools.
Other winners included Westowne, Bear Creek, Colgate and Stoneleigh slementary schools, Holabird and Dundalk middle schools, Western School of Technology and Environmental Science and Catonsville and Sparrows Point high schools.
Next year’s awards will run year-round, with cleanups completed between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017, eligible for consideration.
“We’re delighted to see the enthusiasm for the Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge growing,” Kamenetz said, “with 25 percent more clean-ups logged this year than last and 67 percent more volunteers recorded.”
BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance touted the educational benefits of the competition.
“The Clean Green 15 Challenge is a positive hands- on way for our students to enhance their environmental literacy and demonstrate their pride in keeping their schools neighborhoods and waterways clean and attractive,” he said.
The Clean Green 15 Challenge is an effort of the County Executive’s Office, BCPS, the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County.
For more information, visit www.bcps.org/teamBCPS/cleanGreen15.
Chapel Hill Elementary School earned an iPad for its participation in the Clean Green 15 litter cleanup competition.