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Roxbury Schools Receives $20K in Sustainable Funding

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Roxbury Schools Receives $20K in Sustainable Funding

 SJFS/NJEA Grant Acceptance

ROXBURY, NJ (February 7, 2019) – Roxbury Township Public Schools was the big winner when Sustainable Jersey for Schools (SJFS) announced its latest round of SJFS grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) on Monday, February 4th at The College of New Jersey. Roxbury was the only district in Morris County to receive funding in this cycle. A total of six grants were funded overall, more than any other district in New Jersey. 

Roxbury Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze Logo With this contribution, NJEA has provided $1 million to support a sustainable future for children across the state through the SJFS program. “Every day in the news we hear more and more about the importance of recycling and creating eco-friendly products, as well as the value of using sustainable resources,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. 

“Our job as educators is to prepare the next generation with the skills, information, and resources to become engaged citizens and leaders in our efforts to save and protect our planet. NJEA is honored to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools.” 

The Roxbury School District was one of eleven districts awarded a $10,000 grant for its STEAM Expos: Seeds of Sustainability and Gearing Gaels to Go Green proposal submitted by Denise Glenn, Roxbury Supervisor of Science Grades 6-12 and Ann Rhodes, Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator. As part of this grant, Roxbury Schools will be holding two sustainability expos, the first in March that gives students the opportunity to teach their peers, their parents, and the public about sustainability projects they’ve worked on as part of Seeds of Sustainability and the other, in the fall, where the district plans on bringing in outside organizations, businesses, and groups to teach the community about different green topics. The Gearing Gaels to Go Green Expo is expected to have information booths, classes, demonstrations, health checks, physical activities, and hands-on experiences and interactions for all ages. 

Roxbury also received five of the thirty-six $2,000 grants awarded to 28 districts to be utilized at the elementary schools in the Roxbury. 

Gaels Going Green R Logo The four K-4 elementary schools, Franklin, Jefferson, Kennedy, and Nixon will each receive $2,000 for its Roxbury Inspires Sustainable Entrepreneurs (RISE) proposal also submitted by Ms. Rhodes. This is a sustainable business enrichment after-school program for students that will operate through the Roxbury Community School. 

Lincoln/Roosevelt Elementary School that houses the district’s fifth and sixth-grade students was awarded the fifth $2,000 grant from SJFS and the NJEA thanks to the efforts once again by Ms. Glenn for her proposal entitled Our Secret Sustainable Garden. These grant monies will be used to foster students’ interest in sciences by supporting an aeroponic garden and composting project at Lincoln/Roosevelt School. 

Roxbury Schools Superintendent, Loretta Radulic shared, “I am very proud of the work done to forward sustainability in our schools. The grants titled “RISE and Secret Sustainable Garden that were submitted by our elementary and intermediate schools support our vision “to prepare our children of today for tomorrow.” We owe a special thanks to our initiative champions Ann Rhodes and Joe Mondanaro as well as Denise Glenn, our Science Supervisor, for helping Roxbury School District acquire the bronze level district-wide.” 

NJEA logo with those letters and the words New Jersey Education Association in blue and gold Adding, “I have no doubt that with their continued guidance and efforts we will score enough points in the future to achieve the silver level. Their leadership is pointing the district in the right direction and we are very grateful to the grant sponsors for their support in going green. Winning the $10,000 grant was especially exciting for both the financial support for the proposal as well as the vision for our Roxbury Gaels embedded in its title: STEAM Expos: Seeds of Sustainability and Gearing GAELS to Go Green!” 

Since 2016, the Roxbury Township Public Schools have been striving to become more sustainable and green in is policies and practices and as of the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year, all seven Roxbury Schools are proud to say they’ve earned Bronze certification through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. For more information on Roxbury’s sustainability efforts, visit www.roxbury.org/Sustainable

Sustainable Jersey Executive Director Randall Solomon added, “Our State’s students and teachers continue to inspire me with passion for sustainability and commitment to New Jersey’s future. We are proud to support their efforts with grant money to help realize their vision.” 

Proposals were judged by an independent Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee. The SJFS grants are intended to help school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward SJFS certification. 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Sustainable Jersey for Schools)

About Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certificate 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, 325 school districts and 840 schools are participating in the program. Sustainable Jersey for Schools has awarded over $1.7 million in grants to schools and school districts. In 2019, Sustainable Jersey is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a year-long campaign that will include special events to educate and engage the Sustainable Jersey community and create a vision for the future. 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2019 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants program is underwritten by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA, and the Gardinier Environmental Fund.  Platinum and founding sponsors are South Jersey Gas and New Jersey Natural Gas. The gold and founding sponsor is NJM Insurance Group. The silver sponsor is Investors Bank. The bronze sponsors are BioShine, Gabel Association, Maschio’s Food Service Inc., and Schneider Electric. 

Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA), and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). 

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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 www.NJEA.org

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

 

ABOUT ROXBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Roxbury Public Schools is a K-12 school district preparing the children of today for tomorrow. As a dynamic and thriving district, in partnership with a supportive and collaborative community, Roxbury Public Schools inspires and empowers all learners to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century. The district serves students throughout Roxbury Township, New Jersey, including the areas of Landing, Kenvil, Succasunna, Ledgewood, Mount Arlington, Port Morris, Flanders, and Wharton. Connect with us online at www.roxbury.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoxburyPublicSchools.