FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2013
Town Honors Creative Students for Recycled Art Projects
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Great Neck, NY – Keeping with the Town of North Hempstead’s tradition of recognizing children for their environmental stewardship, 22 students were honored at the Fifth Annual Recycled Art Contest Awards ceremony at the Gold Coast Art Center (formerly known as the Great Neck Arts Center) on December 9th.
Students, parents and teachers filled the art gallery to witness a remarkable collection of over six dozen works of art by students from school districts that participate in the North Hempstead School Recycling Partnership Program. Councilwomen Anna Kaplan and Lee Seeman, Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman, and Town Supervisor-Elect Judi Bosworth were on hand to present awards to these young artists at the December 9th event.
“We are here to celebrate the outstanding product that results when these talented North Hempstead students blend recycling with their incredible creativity,” Bosworth said. She thanked all 73 children who participated and said, “All of us here are winners.”
Encouraging students to create artwork that spreads the message of recycle and reuse, Frances Reid,the Town’s Chief Sustainability Officer, explained that the Town’s recycling program has enabled students to think about recycling efforts at a young age. “With recycling bins now in 49 schools in the Town, we are facilitating the recycling process and emphasizing the importance of it to our children,” Reid said.
Pieces were honored in categories for: Environmental Message, Best Use of Recycled Materials, and Creativity, Honorable Mention, and Best Overall.
Student Alessandra Barlas was proud of her creation explaining, “It was very fun to make. I created a town out of recycled materials. My favorite part was making the car.”
Entries will be on display at the Gold Coast Art Center Gallery until January 6th.
Students from the Lakeville Elementary School in Great Neck assembled a human-sized fish creation out of recycled chip bags, cardboard and CDs.
(Back Row) From left, Debra Shalom Principal at Parkville Elementary; Liane Mallon Art Teacher at Parkville Elementary; Peg Katz Assistant Principal at JFK Elementary; Ron Gimondo Principal at JFK Elementary; Rosemary Sloggatt Art Teacher at Saddle Rock Elementary School; Luciana Bradley Assistant Principal at Saddle Rock Elementary School; Regina Gil, Director of The Gold Coast Arts Center. (Front Row) Some of the students involved in the creation of “The Tree of Life in the Style of Gustav Klimt” (pictured), winner of “Best Overall” in the Group Project Category from JFK Elementary, Saddle Rock Elementary, Parkville Elementary, EM Baker Elementary with Town Supervisor-Elect Judi Bosworth.
(Back Row) From left, Bryon King, Art Teacher at the Willets Road School;Igor Sikiric, Commissioner of Town of North Hempstead Solid Waste Management Authority; Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman; Town Supervisor-Elect Judi Bosworth, Councilwoman Lee Seeman, (Front Row) Some of the Students involved in the creation of “Save the Earth With Art”, winner of “Environmental Message” in the Group Project Category.