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Kennedy Elementary School Awarded Grant to Mobilize Sustainability Goals

•	Erica Iuvone accepting NJEA SJFS Grant

Kennedy Elementary School Awarded Grant to Mobilize Sustainability Goals

ROXBURY, NJ (May 10, 2022) – Kennedy Elementary School was awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). Sixteen $10,000 grants and ten $2,000 grants were distributed to support elementary through high school public schools and school districts across the state. The grants fund a variety of projects including aquaponic systems, outdoor classrooms, pollinator and edible gardens, water bottle refilling stations, tree planting, food waste, and composting initiatives.

“We are so proud of the efforts and determination of our Kennedy Elementary School community in their sustainability efforts. I know Erica Iuvone and Kennedy School are excited to be the recipient of this grant, as it will allow them to pursue continued endeavors to educate our students on sustainability and being environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens. With this funding, they are excited to begin establishing an outdoor classroom complete with a Monarch Butterfly Way Station, compositing bins, plants that attract pollinators, and educational stations to teach our students about the importance of nature and its contributions. The best part is that it’s right outside Kennedy School’s doors,” shared Roxbury Superintendent Dr. Loretta Radulic.

With the contribution NJEA has provided $1.75 million to support a sustainable future for children across the state through Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. “This is an important program that directs resources into our schools and NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey,” said NJEA President Sean Spiller. “When our students can learn, at an early age, that sustainable and healthy practices often go “hand in hand” with economic efficiencies, we all benefit from the positive changes. It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. We help ensure that we leave a better world for our students when we emphasize the value of sustainability.” In addition to the grant, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter.

“Sustainable Jersey is proud to support the work of each of these schools and school districts and to recognize the dedication of every applicant,” said Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon. “These creative projects are exceptional and will serve to accelerate school-centered sustainability programs as we head into a pivotal decade for climate action and sustainability in our state.” Proposals were judged by an independent Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee.

Roxbury Schools have been striving to become more sustainable and green in its policies and practices since 2016. The Board of Education and administration made the decision to pursue district sustainability and green initiatives by creating and approving various policies outlining its positions and efforts.

To that end, the district is continuously working towards becoming a Sustainable Jersey for Schools certified district and to have each of our seven schools become certified as well. As of August 2018 and again in 2021, all the Roxbury Schools earned and renewed its Bronze certification within the program and is now striving to renew and attain Silver certification.

About Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, an organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To date, 1,050 schools are participating in the program. Visit the Participating Districts and Schools webpage to see the full list of participating and certified schools and school districts. Sustainable Jersey for Schools has awarded over $2.6 million in grants to schools and school districts. To learn more about Sustainable Jersey for Schools, visit: 

About the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)

NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing over 200,000 elementary and secondary teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, retirees, and students preparing to become teachers. To learn more about NJEA, visit 

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For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at or 973-584-7699.


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