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Grants help support school sustainability projects

Rebecca Nowalski
Susan Keymer out in the field at Merrick Farm, weeding her crops of garlic. The farm, located in Farmingdale, is working with Chef Marilyn Schlossbach to bring farm-to-table foods to Schlossbach restaurants.

The North Brunswick and Woodbridge school districts received some of the 50 Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).

Each of the two Middlesex County schools received $2,000 to fund their projects.

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At North Brunswick Township High School, “Use It Then Lose It! Or Can It!” will fund recycling stations for the cafeteria and recycling bins for the department work stations. Lids will be purchased for any existing recycling containers.

At JFK Memorial High School in Iselin (Woodbridge), “Mustangs Go Green With Composting” will see students lead a food waste pickup program every Friday during all cafeteria hours. The waste will be put in a composter in the school courtyard. The compost will then be used on school grounds and in science classrooms for learning.

“NJEA is proud to continue to work with Sustainable Jersey on this important program that directs resources into our schools,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Sean Spiller. “It is our job to help create a new generation of engaged citizens and leaders. By emphasizing the value of sustainability, we also help ensure that 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 school districts and schools make progress toward a sustainable future in general, and specifically toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

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