FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2013
North Hempstead Honors Over 250 Students for Contributions to the Environment
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New Hyde Park, NY – Throughout the year, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town of North Hempstead sponsor a bevy of environmental events for students in the Town aimed at educating them about the importance of preserving nature and their surroundings. This includes community clean-ups, grocery bag projects, poetry contests, the Environmental “Mock” Town Board and more.
In order to recognize the students who have gone above and beyond in their work of raising awareness of environmental protection, the Town of North Hempstead honored over 250 students on June 5th and 6th at the Clinton G. Martin Community Center.
Winners came from elementary schools across the Town including Saddle Rock and E.M. Baker in Great Neck, Searingtown in Albertson, Sousa and South Salem in Port Washington, Harbor Hill in Greenvale, Cherry Lane in Carle Place, Hampton Street and Jackson Avenue in Mineola, Denton Avenue in New Hyde Park, and St. Mary’s and Munsey Park schools in Manhasset. Students from Rushmore Middle School in Carle Place and New Hyde Park Memorial High School were also honored.
Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman was unable to attend due to a death in the family, but sent his appreciation to the students who have made such a difference. “It has been a goal of my administration to make our youngest people aware of the significance of caring for the environment. Through our school recycling program that over 40,000 students participate in, and all of the great events the Town puts on to educate students, our young ones are now understanding the things they can do to protect the environment for now and for future generations.”
Some of the children certainly echoed that sentiment. Gloria Rodriguez, a 4th grader from Saddle Rock School said, “I am going to keep my garden clean and when I see garbage I will pick it up. Recycling helps us have a beautiful earth.” When asked what his favorite part of the program was, Albert Deluxe of Searingtown Elementary School said, ““We drew pictures on grocery bags, I had fun drawing it. It is important to recycle.”