Reutter School Awarded Grant

Reutter School Awarded Sustainability Grant
Posted on 04/27/2017
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The Caroline L. Reutter School was awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building grant funded by the PSEG Foundation. Overall, four $10,000 grants and thirty $2,000 grants were distributed to fund a variety of projects including an outdoor science lab, sustainability curriculum, school wellness programs, hydrponic and aeroponic gardens, green walls, wind and solar energy charging stations, recycling and more.

"We are very excited to have acquired the Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant. With the grant funding, our school will further develop our school garden. The garden is an inclusive education project for our general and special education students to work cooperatively while learning about this practical application experience. Moreover, the grant funding will allow our existing science curriculum to expand with practical applications and hydroponics as well as enhanced learning experience. Sixth grade students, through their science curriculum, will have opportunities to conduct research while utilizing the gardening experience," said Theodore Peters, Principal at Caroline L. Reutter Elementary School in Gloucester County.

"To be an innovative state, we must support our teachers, administrators, and their respective communities as they shape the future of their students and schools for years to come," said Randall Solomon, the executive director of Sustainable Jersey. He extended his congratulations to all of the schools and districts that received grants. "Grant funding will build capacity as schools embark on sustainability projects that directly benefit the students," Solomon said.

The PSEG Foundation has contributed over one million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program. "We are proud to partner with Sustainable Jersey to support and help fund projects that provide sustainable neighborhoods, economic development and STEM education to empower a brighter future. By supporting sustainable education in schools, we can help guide children and engage entire communities in the ways to help transform the environment," said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation.

Proposals were evaluated 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. Currently 256 districts and 634 schools have registered to work toward Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.