DEEP: 1998 School GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
1998 School Related

Name of School Facility

Category/Activity

Description of Activity

Hockanum School
East Hartford, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day The Hockanum School students will be the youngest group town-wide to participate in Project Search through the Science Center. Participants will first create access to and clean up the brook and brook area. Second, they will run water and microinvertabrate studies to determine the cleanliness of the habitat. Actions taken will depend upon test results.
Holland Hill School
Fairfield, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting Children are composting organic waste from the cafeteria. They are maintaining a cold bin composter and worm generated composter. The resulting compost is used for mulch for campus flower beds to beautify the school and neighborhood.
Wells Road Globe Patrol
Granby, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting At each lunch period and snack recess, students collect vegetable and fruit garbage for the compost bin. The composting activity has been going on for two years.
Mooreland Hill School
Kensington, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting The school science department has fostered a composting program. Unused kitchen waste is put into the school "vermicomposting" (worms) box or on an outdoor compost pile. The box has been in use for two years; the outdoor compost pile is new this year.
Waddell School
Manchester, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting Every day after eating in the school cafeteria the third grade students separate organic materials for composting. The resulting compost will be used to plant flowers around the school.
Annie E. Vinton School
Mansfield Center, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting Students have initiated a program that promotes the composting of all liquid, paper, and food solid wastes. Some quantities of food and milk waste are delivered to local farmers for use on the farms.
Southeast Elementary School
Mansfield Center, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting The school began composting all liquid, solid and paper waste from both lunch waves in September 1997. Students sort food into different bins with student composters dumping it into commercial compost bins. In April 1998, students began composting waste from another school in town with the help of parent volunteers and the town recycling agent. The resulting compost is used for a school planting of flowers on Mother's Day. Bags of compost are distributed to grandparents and special friends with a pamphlet containing tips for recycling. The school has also participated in a grant project entitled "Southeast Composting for a 100% Green School!!!!"
Israel Putnam School
Meriden, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting Mr. Vitcouage's class of third graders separate their trash in the cafeteria at lunch. They then take the appropriate waste and place it in one of three composting bins. They have invited other classes on their lunch wave to join the project.
Cohanzie Elementary School
Waterford, CT
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Winthrop School
New London, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time to environmental instructional programs Friendship Garden Project - Students designed, planted, and care for a school garden at Cohanzie and at their partner school, Winthrop in New London. The garden was planted in May 1997. This year students enhanced the gardens by growing their own plants in growlabs in the classroom.
Karen Evans
Old Saybrook Middle School
Old Saybrook, CT
Individual - Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects Ms. Evans made and hung recycling posters in school to raise awareness; participated in America Recycles week calendar entries and taught the 5th grade about recycling; she developed an ecology unit to enrich the existing curriculum; volunteered to speak at CEA Environmental Conference; organized an Earth Day clean up around the school; created and implemented a "Recycling on Main Street Survey " done by students to inform businesses about recycling and provided the businesses a recycling fact sheet.
Antonio Ciccone
Seymour High School
Seymour, CT
Organize a river watch program Project Search: Assessment of water quality of Bladen's Brook in Seymour. The assessment is based on biological, physical, and chemical parameters. The assessment is an on-going project.
Gregory G. Brezicki
William Strong School
Southington, CT
Adopt a park, donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects, and voluntarily contribute significant time to environmental instructional programs Mr. Brezicki planned and created nature trails at Panthorn Park, Southington, to be used by the town and William Strong students. He cleared each of the trails to represent a different biome in the area's ecosystem. Maps and plaques will be used to help identify trees, flowers, and bushes. Mr. Brezicki also developed a series of outdoor lessons to teach fifth grade students at the school. As part of his science classes, Mr. Brezicki developed a series of outdoor lessons to teach fifth graders. Each of 95 students has planted a tree in the park (including fruit trees). Mr. Brezicki is also an assembly organizer of Arbor Day.
Main Street School Student Council
Terryville, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day The Main Street School Student Council is a group of eight to ten year olds. Each spring they sponsor and publicize a community clean up of the Lake Winfield area. Parents, students, community members, and school staff work together.
Thomaston High School
Thomaston, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects S.A.G.E. members have donated considerable time to environmental classes. Students have cleaned up school grounds and planted flowers and trees. Students also oversee the Nature Center located near the high school, participate in summer SEARCH programs, and cooperate with the elementary school in environmental education and projects.
Eileen J. Poarch
Trumbull High School
Trumbull, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day As science teacher at Trumbull High, Ms. Poach has coordinated an annual beach clean up and study of litter types at Long Beach, Stratford. Activities occurred in September 1997 and May 1998 with her marine science class. To celebrate Earth Day, her students cleaned the woodlands adjoining the school parking lot.
Moran Middle School
Wallingford, CT
Sponsor river or beach clean up day and implement habitat enhancements on private property Students have planted hundreds of evergreens on a hillside overlooking the school. Trees were planted in dedication to two students who were killed in Vietnam. The teachers sponsor a yearly community spirit project in which students do a volunteer project to better the community. Projects include cleaning the Quinnipiac, planting flowers in a park, and assisting the elderly.
Mr. Ian J. Morris
Choate School
Wallingford, CT
Individual - Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects Mr. Morris is the faculty coordinator of the high school environmental program. He helped design and build a series of garden beds for attracting insects during late summer and fall. He also produced "butterfly garden" kits containing perennial plants and seeds (with instructions) which were free to Connecticut middle schools during February 1997-April 1998.
Warren School
Warren, CT
Voluntarily contribute significant time to environmental instructional programs The environmental program developed at the school included: school grounds clean-up; school-wide plantings; preparing and organizing a "recycling shed"; conducting a week-long scientific analysis of lunch garbage.
Smith School
West Hartford, CT
Separate organic materials at school for composting The Smith School has received grant money from CONNECT to participate in Ready!Set!Grow!, an innovative, collaborative program. Students in the fifth grade have begun a lunchroom organic composting program that will be increased every year by at least one grade level. Students will use the composted waste in the new greenhouse and garden area.
Lordship School
Stratford, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months Teachers and students adopted the school ground. Bushes, trees, and flowers were planted. Thirty-six bags of leaves, brush, twigs, etc. were collected. Animal habitats were also created at the site.
Tony Mitchell
Lewis Mills High School
Burlington, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Mitchell is a high school teacher at Lewis Mills. He has been developing a web page for the internet that will contain wildlife information, tips on energy savings, and other environmental topics. He works with students and outside groups to promote conservation education. He volunteers on environmental enhancement projects.
Andrew Ipkovich
Lewis Mills High School
Burlington, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Mr. Ipkovich is an earth sciences teacher at Lewis Mills High School. He coaches the school environmental team, which will be competing in the 1998 Envirothon. Mr. Ipkovich also works to promote environmental projects and conservation efforts.
Emma Hart Willard
Elementary School
Berlin, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Willard fifth grade students, under the supervision and guidance of their teacher, Peter Scheinblum, have assumed responsibility for managing the courtyard area. Bushes are trimmed, areas raked, and the school has access to an inviting enclosed instructional area. The area is also used as an alternative education site and for other special activities.
Pine Point School
Science Department
Stonington, CT
Adopt a park, a stretch of highway or beach for a period of 12 months and Organize a river watch program The Pine Point School Science Department has been actively involved in two GreenCircle project activities. They adopted North Main Street, in Stonington, and have kept litter picked up for 3 years. They have also been involved in a river watch program, monitoring temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and animal life in the Mystic and Pawcatuck Rivers.
Leah Schnieder and Students
Area Cooperative Educational Services

Hamden, CT
Sponsor a river of beach clean up day Ms. Schnieder is a teacher in a special education school in Hamden. She and her students recently connected with the City of New Haven in an effort to clean up the Long Wharf shore. This will be a continuous effort on the group's behalf, in an effort to give a little back to the City. Many of her students reside in the New Haven area and this is, in part, trying to help teach and promote civic responsibility.
Norwalk High School
Norwalk, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Band parents improved the appearance of the front of the building by planting flowers and bushes and other landscaping.

The Environmental Horticultural club refurbished the greenhouse and has grown variety of plants used to beautify grounds during graduation.

A group of 11th grade students will organize clean-up week a high school and neighborhood.

The Afro-American Parents Organization planted rows of flowers around the building.

Environmental classes are designing and planting a variety of flowers in the A-House Courtyard.

Karen Cordero & Students
Bolton High School

Bolton, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups and organize a river watch program Ms. Cordero actively participated in Project SEARCH by investigating water quality on the Hop River in Andover. She also organized a group of science students to assist the Bolton Conservation Commission's "Clean-up Day" at Freja Park in April.
Manchester Regional Academy
Manchester, CT
Separate organics materials at schools and other cafeterias for composting or animal feed The wood technology classes worked cooperatively to design and construct a compost bin to be used at the school. The culinary arts program collects and separates materials daily for composting. In the near future the science classes will make a garden using the composted waste.
John Barry School
Meriden, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups John Barry School, an inner-city elementary school in Meriden, developed a self guided nature trail on the city property which abuts the schoolyard. The trail is approximately three miles long and has 23 marked points of interest. With the help of Peter Picone from DEP, the school developed and printed a trail guide booklet which is available to the public at the school office, the Meriden Public Library, and the Mayor's Office.
Susan Fritch and Hanada Carbone
Connecticut Junior Republic

Litchfield, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups Connecticut Junior Republic celebrated Earth Day by conducting many different activities. April and May activities included presentation of closing the Recycling Loop; an environmental Jeopardy game for the whole student body; Painted Lady Butterflies and Luna Moths program; beads and window decorating; an AA to Z poster contest; and environmental movies.
St. Mary Magdalen School
Oakville, CT
Implement habitat enhancements for fish and wildlife on private property Since 1992, a bird sanctuary has been on the school grounds. A rock pond for water was built, two feeders, four bird houses and plants for bird feeding have been implemented. Each year students and the environment club fill, stock, and maintain the area. A new project is added each year. Next year's project will be the set up of a bluebird house and other activities. Students have identified more than 30 different birds in the sanctuary.
Central Elementary School
Simsbury, CT
Separate organics materials at schools and other cafeterias for composting or animal feed The school received a grant to purchase some composting equipment. Students were instructed on the importance of composting. The process consisted of collecting fresh fruit and vegetable wastes. The amount of waste collected was recorded and an advanced math class used the daily figures to calculate the amount of waste diverted from the RRF.

In 1997, Central received additional composting equipment from the Simsbury Recycling Committee and the Board of Eduction constructed a special recycling pilot station. The pilot was a success and next year the school will receive its own recycling center.

These activities have led to other "green" projects at the school. The PTO purchased a greenhouse which a teacher will operate. Other teachers have started gardens that will expand in 1999.

Verplanck School and Hockanum River Linear Park Committee
Manchester, CT
Open large tracts of private property for public recreation and preservation of critical plant and animal habitats The Hockanum River Linear Park Committee has developed two hiking trails for Verplanck School. The school has planted daffodils along both trails. Over the years, the school has developed an outdoor classroom for the area. This past year the Committee put in steps to the back trail and the school spread woodchips on the front trail. The Polaris Center (a special education school) has taken Verplanck students on tours of the trails to look at bird boxes they have put up. In May 1998, Verplanck held a family hike day on the trail.

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