Antheil Elementary School Awarded Sustainability Grant
Sustainable Jersey for Schools and the New Jersey Education Association announced that Antheil Elementary School has been awarded a Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building grant. The $2,000 grant is intended to assist the district and school Green Teams as they lead and coordinate sustainability activities.
Antheil’s grant-awarded program, “Greening Antheil’s School Festivals” involves the Green Team helping to make the school’s community events more environmentally friendly by reducing the use of single-use items and promoting activities that encourage sustainability thought and practice.
“Antheil events such as our ‘Welcome Back Picnic’ and the ‘Literary Festival’ are wonderful community gatherings that are very popular and well-attended,” Antheil parent and Green Team member Diane Bates stated. “It seemed like a logical connection to emphasize the importance of sustainability while respecting and protecting the environment at these activities.”
The grant will allow for these events to become more environmentally-friendly by buying items such as reusable table cloths, white boards and permanent banners that will reduce waste. It will also provide information booths at these activities that highlight the work of the Green Team and promote sustainability values. Finally, it will allow for a sustainable-school logo, that the children of Antheil are currently creating, to be put on reusable water bottles.
“Sustainable Jersey grantees help advance our continued goal to create a more sustainable New Jersey and world,” said Donna Drewes, co-director of Sustainable Jersey. “We are excited about innovative projects such as Antheil’s and the good work it will do for students and our mission.”
With this contribution, NJEA has provided $500,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” commented NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we leave a better world for our students.”
Proposals were judged by an independent Blue Ribbon Selection Committee. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants are intended to help schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.
For the Ewing Public Schools, the Antheil project is another example of the work that has been taking place throughout the district as schools emphasize sustainability and the district pursues certification.
“We are very appreciative of the innovative work of Principal Whitner’s Green Team and the contributions of Ms. Bates and her fellow parents,” Superintendent Michael Nitti stated. “We thank Sustainable Jersey and the NJEA for their financial support, and we are excited about the positive impact this will have on our school community.”
Pictured in Photo:
Donna Drewes, Co-Director Sustainable Jersey
Diane Bates, Parent
Jennifer Whitner, Principal
Mike Nitti, Superintendent
Sean Spiller, Secretary-Treasurer NJEA
Thomas Hardy, Organizing Specialist NJEA