Clark Schools Receive “Radical Recycling” Grants From County

CLARK – Two township schools received funding under the Union County Green Grant for “radical recycling” efforts. The grants were distributed at an awards ceremony at Magnet High School in Scotch Plains on Jan. 14.

Valley Road Elementary School and Kumpf Middle School were among five county schools to qualify for the awards from the Green Grant program, which was started in 2008 by Union County Freeholder Angel G. Estrada as part of the county’s Go Green initiative.

“I would like to congratulate the awardees, and also to extend my appreciation to all of the schools that submitted applications,” said Estrada. “With your creativity and can-do spirit, you have all shown that a little goes a long way when it comes to going green.”

The Green Grant program provides funding of up to $1,000 for environmental projects proposed by students.

“These students are models for us all to follow,” said Estrada. “They are leading the way to show how we can become more responsible stewards of the earth’s resources.”

Kumpf Middle School was awarded $546 for equipment and worms to start a worm composting program, dubbed the “Worm Café.” Students will learn how worms can break down food scraps and convert them into valuable compost material that will be used on their school grounds.

Valley Road School was awarded $977 to collect used CDs, video tapes and game cartridges, and send them to a recycling company that specializes in electronic waste.

Roselle Park High School was awarded $1,000 to purchase state-of-the-art lab equipment for use in its Learning Lean-To. This outdoor environmental center will be constructed primarily from recycled Snapple bottles and other salvaged construction materials.

Magnet High School in Scotch Plains was awarded $1,000 to start a sneaker recycling project in conjunction with the National Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program. The entire school will collect worn or unwanted sneakers which will be recycled for use as playground resurfacing material.

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