TOWSON, MD – Credited with 123 cleanups netting more than 41,000 pounds of trash, Battle Monument School in Dundalk took the $3,000 grand prize yesterday at the fourth annual Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge award ceremony.
Reisterstown Elementary, General John Stricker Middle, and Dulaney High schools also took home first place awards of $1,500 in grant funding, while $500 second place awards went to Grange Elementary, Perry Hall Middle, and Sparrows Point High schools. 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.
Led by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Verletta White, the ceremony honored schools for their efforts to help clean up the community during the year. Combined, 24 schools participated in 359 clean-up events of at least 15 minutes each, collecting more than 76,161 pounds of garbage.
In addition to the first and second place awards, another six “honorable mention” schools received iPads, and each participating school received a tree, donated by Baltimore County government, to plant on the school campus. Schools winning iPads were Bear Creek, Charlesmont, Colgate, Edgemere, Milbrook, and Westowne elementary schools.
The collaborative program by the Office of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, the Education Foundation of BCPS, the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, and BCPS was sponsored in part by Wheelabrator Technologies and Tradepoint Atlantic.
The 2017-18 Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge began May 1, 2017, and will run through April 30, 2018. To learn more information about the campaign, or to record a clean-up activity, go to the Clean Green 15 webpage. Photographs from the awards ceremony are available on the BCPS Flickr website.