DEEP: 2002 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
2002 School Related

Name Of School Facility

Category/Activity

Description Of Activity

Bethlehem Elementary School
Bethlehem, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats, and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The students at Bethlehem Elementary School attended an Earth Day event which included learning how to care for animals such as horses and numerous other conservation and environmental activities. They planted donated bulbs in an effort to beautify their community.
Tom Keilty
Bethlehem, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects Mr. Keilty is the parent of a Bethlehem Elementary School student. He organized an annual Earth Day celebration for four schools as well as two communities. The entire day was spent doing conservation and environmental activities.
Marcy Klattenberg
Brewster School

Durham, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Ms. Klattenberg was one of four teachers instrumental in changes being made by a developer to move an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. They had been studying this pool with their students for over 12 years. They attended and testified at three Inland Wetland Commission and two Planning and Zoning meetings and filed an intervention petition to preserve the vernal pool and its surrounding habitat. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool. They preserved all petitions, correspondence, maps and minutes to use in developing an environmental protection plan at the local level, to be included as part of the science curriculum.
Lorrie Martin
Brewster School

Durham, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Ms. Martin was one of four teachers instrumental in changes being made by a developer to move an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. They had been studying this pool with their students for over 12 years. They attended and testified at three Inland Wetland Commission and two Planning and Zoning meetings and filed an intervention petition to preserve the vernal pool and its surrounding habitat. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool. They preserved all petitions, correspondence, maps and minutes to use in developing an environmental protection plan at the local level, to be included as part of the science curriculum.
Connecticut College
New London, CT
Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of the energy load of a business or governmental facility Connecticut College was the first college in the United States to sign up for 100% green-e certified Green Power, by purchasing power for 17% of the campus load. Their leadership has set the stage nationally for other institutions of higher education to follow suit.
Dodd Middle School
Cheshire, CT
Implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The school recycles all waste paper and inkjet cartridges. They also constructed a butterfly garden in the vicinity of Dodd's Outdoor Classroom.
Julie Cruciani
East Shore Middle School

Milford, CT
Voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs Ms. Cruciani researched and developed an air monitoring segment to teach her 6th grade students. It included the teaching of air pollution principles, along with the terms used in air sampling, and two visits with DEP personnel allowing students to perform passive air sampling and basic monitoring principles.
A. J. Adams
Memorial School

Middlefield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats A. J. was one of four Student Council Members of Memorial School who circulated a petition through their school, creating community interest on the issues involving an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool.
Cathy Carrington
Memorial School

Middlefield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Ms. Carrington was one of four teachers instrumental in changes being made by a developer to move an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. They had been studying this pool with their students for over 12 years. They attended and testified at three Inland Wetland Commission and two Planning and Zoning meetings and filed an intervention petition to preserve the vernal pool and its surrounding habitat. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool. They preserved all petitions, correspondence, maps and minutes to use in developing an environmental protection plan at the local level, to be included as part of the science curriculum.
Roberta Gowing, Student Council Advisor
Memorial School
Middlefield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Ms. Gowing is the Advisor to the Memorial School Student Council. She was instrumental in overseeing the circulation of a petition drawn up by the members of the Student Council creating community interest on the issues involving an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with the school and Wadsworth State Park. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool.
Maureen Hamilton
Memorial School

Middlefield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Ms. Hamilton was one of four teachers instrumental in changes being made by a developer to move an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. They had been studying this pool with their students for over 12 years. They attended and testified at three Inland Wetland Commission and two Planning and Zoning meetings and filed an intervention petition to preserve the vernal pool and its surrounding habitat. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool. They preserved all petitions, correspondence, maps and minutes to use in developing an environmental protection plan at the local level, to be included as part of the science curriculum.
Meagan A. Meskill
Memorial School

Middlefield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Meagan was one of four Student Council Members of Memorial School who circulated a petition through their school, creating community interest on the issues involving an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool.
Kelsey Tuthill
Memorial School

Middlefield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Kelsey was one of four Student Council Members of Memorial School who circulated a petition through their school, creating community interest on the issues involving an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool.
Leslie Wilt
Memorial School

Middlefield, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats Leslie was one of four Student Council Members of Memorial School who circulated a petition through their school, creating community interest on the issues involving an access road that threatened a vernal pool on property contiguous with Memorial School and Wadsworth State Park. The access road was redesigned to move the road as far as possible from the vernal pool and to preserve amphibian migration routes to and from the pool.
4th Grade Class
Mitchell Elementary School

Woodbury, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats, and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The 4th Grade Class at Mitchell Elementary School attended an Earth Day event which included learning how to care for animals such as horses and numerous other conservation and environmental activities. They planted donated bulbs in an effort to beautify their community.
5th Grade Class
Mitchell Elementary School

Woodbury, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats, and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The 5th Grade Class at Mitchell Elementary School attended an Earth Day event which included learning how to care for animals such as horses and numerous other conservation and environmental activities. They planted donated bulbs in an effort to beautify their community.
Quirk Middle School Garden Club
Hartford, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The school created a series of accessible garden beds and plantings of shrubs and trees to convert a once empty school courtyard to a thriving schoolyard habitat.
Rumsey Hall School
Washington, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The students at Rumsey Hall School attended an Earth Day event and participated in numerous conservation and environmental activities.
Ms. Sherwood's 5th Grade Class
Simon Lake School

Milford, CT
Donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects This 5th grade class helps to keep Connecticut clean. They went to the garbage museum where they learned how to recycle, and what can be recycled. They read and discussed "The Lorax", Dr. Seuss' book about saving the earth, and attended a tree planting ceremony on Arbor Day. They also adopted a tree, painted garbage cans and use their own trays at lunch.
The Green Thumbs Club
Southeast Elementary School

Mansfield, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; voluntarily contributing significant time or resources to environmental instructional programs; and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The Green Thumbs Club is an environmentally-oriented student club of 3rd and 4th graders that meet after school working with teachers and Mansfield's Recycling Coordinator to learn about and promote earth-friendly issues. Activities included: promoting recycling and composting; sponsoring a waste-free lunch contest and instructing students on ways of reducing waste; emptying the school composter; screening the compost and mixing it with peat moss and vermiculite to make potting soil for the school's greenhouse; raising pansies from seed using the compost soil; planting approximately 1,000 seeds for a plant sale; using compost soil for planting flowers as part of a landscaping project for a peace pole being dedicated at Windham Mills and a patriotic garden in front of their school. In addition, they collected used toner cartridges for recycling and assisted younger grades with recycling and composting on a daily basis.
Trinity College Field Station at Church Farm
Hartford, CT
Sponsoring a river, beach or neighborhood clean up day and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The Trinity College Field Station at Church Farm, located in Ashford and Mansfield, was established with the donation of this historic farm to the college. The field station has a three-fold mission of environmental research, education, and conservation of natural areas. In the spring of 2001, three trash clean-up days were held, bringing together Trinity students and staff to collect garbage along stretches of Route 89 and Varga Road, which run through the field station, and on the property of their land trust partner, the Joshua's Trust. Additionally in August, 2001, the College acquired a 33-acre parcel adjacent to the field station to preserve terrestrial and aquatic habitats.
Warren School
Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Warren School administration strongly supported the numerous environmental projects and activities undertaken by the students and teachers. This effort involved the entire school and included coordination with local businesses and the community.
Kindergarten Class
Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The Kindergarten class at Warren School transformed the area outside their classroom from a neglected grassy area to an inviting play area. They received assistance from their parents who donated shrubs and miniature trees as well as their time in planting. With the help of the 3rd grade, they are growing flowers from seed to add color to the garden. The garden has been named "The Kindergarden". They also received used plastic toys, cars and playhouses which show the class that recycling helps everyone in the community.
1st Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The first grade class at Warren School cares for a butterfly garden located outside their classroom. They raked, weeded and prepared the surrounding garden to welcome this year's butterflies. With the help of community members, they will plant another butterfly bush. They plan to fill a birdbath daily as the weather gets warmer. They will also add seeds to the birdfeeder as the weather gets colder. The class has learned the importance of caring for their natural habitats.
2nd Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The second grade class at Warren School cares for a butterfly garden located outside their classroom. They raked, weeded and prepared the surrounding garden to welcome this year's butterflies. With the help of community members they will plant another butterfly bush. They plan to fill a birdbath daily as the weather gets warmer. They will also add seeds to the birdfeeder as the weather gets colder. The class has learned the importance of caring for their natural habitats.
3rd Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The third grade class at Warren School has been helping the kindergarten class create an inviting play area outside their classroom by serving as "Green Thumb Buddies". They assist the younger students as they learn about planting and caring for plants. They help the students follow directions, plant seeds and teach them what is required to make a seed grow.
4th Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT
Improving public access to shore/waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary projects; separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; and promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats The fourth grade class at Warren School has established a Nature Trail for their school and the community. They researched plants and animals indigenous to their area. They took notes and used their writing skills to compose short descriptions to inform people of the plants and animals that can be found along the trail. A parent built wooden trail markers which the students stained and installed along the trail. The brief descriptions were added to the trail markers. They also continue to serve as the "Eco-Team" in their school, collecting the organic waste in the cafeteria and adding it to the school compost bin.
5th Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The fifth grade class at Warren School is working to establish a community garden. During their science classes, they learned about vegetable gardening in the northwest corner of Connecticut. Working closely with the Agricultural Department at their district high school, students learned about growing times for vegetables, soil preparation, pests, and organic methods of producing healthy vegetables. Parent volunteers tilled and installed raised beds to create the garden area. Recycling unused items played a part in the planning of the garden. Swing sets no longer in use were painted yellow and will be used for climbing pole beans and cucumbers. Used highway barriers became the raised beds separating the vegetables. Next year, as sixth graders, they will be instrumental in harvesting the vegetables and instructing the new fifth grade class about the garden.
6th Grade Class
Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property The sixth grade class at Warren School is working to establish a community garden. During their science classes, they learned about vegetable gardening in the northwest corner of Connecticut. Working closely with the Agricultural Department at their district high school, students learned about growing times for vegetables, soil preparation, pests and organic methods of producing healthy vegetables. Parent volunteers tilled and installed raised beds to create the garden area. Recycling unused items played a part in the planning of the garden. Swing sets no longer in use were painted yellow and will be used for climbing pole beans and cucumbers. Used highway barriers became the raised beds separating the vegetables. They present lessons to each grade demonstrating the basics of organic gardening prior to the actual planting.
Warren School Library
Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year, and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property This year's library program focused on integrating literature with an awareness of the environment. After grades 1-6 read The Secret Garden, each student visualized their own secret garden. The students were asked to draw their garden, choose a favorite plant from their design, match their drawn flower with a real plant and research their plant to gather information using magazines, books, encyclopedia and the Internet. The research was displayed appropriately according to grade level. Plants were chosen for planting. Some plants were chosen to provide food and habitats for particular animals (i.e., butterflies, hummingbirds). Art classes created stepping stones to line the garden path. The "Warren School Secret Garden" came to life this June 6th.
Student Council
Warren School

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year The Warren School Student Council established an area of bordering trees on the school playground for students to use during the hot and humid weather. Recognizing a need, the student council members earned money to purchase flowering pear trees, and planted them during an Arbor Day ceremony attended by every class in the school.
Kathy Newton,
Student Council Advisor
Warren School
Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Ms. Newton is an Advisor to the Warren School Student Council which has established an area of bordering trees on the school playground and raised money to purchase flowering pear trees which were planted during an Arbor Day ceremony.
Joanne Woodington,
Student Council Advisor
Warren School
Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year Ms. Woodington is an Advisor to the Warren School Student Council which has established an area of bordering trees on the school playground and raised money to purchase flowering pear trees which were planted during an Arbor Day ceremony.
Lionel Coelho
Coelho Landscaping

Warren, CT
Adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property Coelho Landscaping has helped the Warren School by donating tilling services and removing the sod for the creation of a "community garden" to grow vegetables and a "Secret Garden" to be used as a quiet restful place for students and community members to pause and read.
New Milford Farms
New Milford, CT
Separating organic materials at schools and cafeterias for composting or animal feed; adopting a vacant lot, park, community garden, stretch of highway or beach for a year; promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats; and implementing habitat enhancements for fish or wildlife on public or private property New Milford Farms has helped the Warren School by donating top soil for the creation of a "community garden" to grow vegetables and a "Secret Garden" to be used as a quiet restful place for students and community members to pause and read. They also donated a compost bin for collecting organic waste from the Warren School cafeteria, and demonstrated the process of recycling organic waste by inviting them to the New Milford Farms and providing the transportation for the field trip.
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
Purchasing "green-e" certified renewable power that equals or exceeds 10% of the energy load of a business or governmental facility In January, 2002, Wesleyan University signed on for green power for the Freeman Athletic Center, which equals 10% of the University's total load. Wesleyan's purchase has significantly contributed to the development of the Connecticut green power market and encouraged several of their students, staff and faculty to follow their lead.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
Waterbury, CT
Promoting conservation and preservation of critical plant or animal habitats, and donating significant time or resources to assist with environmental projects The students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School attended an Earth Day event which included learning how to care for animals such as horses and numerous other conservation and environmental activities. They planted donated bulbs in an effort to beautify their community.

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