Protecting the Environment Award

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2010-2011 Protecting the Environment Award Program

The 2011 Protecting the Environment Award ceremony recognized area educators who have gone above and beyond to protect the environment and water resources in Northern Kentucky. 

The award ceremony recognized four teachers and one scout troop leader, at five schools throughout Northern Kentucky. Each educator was awarded a $150-$300 mini-grant to purchase supplies for teaching water-related topics to their classes next school year. The $1,500 in cash prizes was generously provided by Walmart in Ft. Wright. 

The awarded educators were:
  • Anita France, Immaculate Heart of Mary School - Project: Microscopes for Boone Woods Park creek testing
  • Maureen Randle, St. Joseph (Cold Spring) - Project: Science materials for Water Pollution Mystery testing
  • Dave Schlachter, St. Catherine of Siena School - Project: Learning water conservation lessons through gardening
  • Autumn Hendrickson, White's Tower Elementary - Project: Transportation and science fees to release classroom trout in natural environment
  • Jessica Blevins, Girls Scout Junior Troop #104 of Kenton Elementary - Project: Install and monitor rain barrel at Kenton Elementary
In conjunction with the awards ceremony, SD1 hosted a Splash Bash at each school to reward students who make an extra effort to protect the environment. Splash McClean, SD1's fish mascot, was on hand to kick off the Splash Bucks incentive program, which encourage students to complete environmental acts throughout the school year. As students take part in conservation practices, they are awarded Splash Bucks that can be entered to win gift baskets furnished by SD1. 

Since 2003, SD1's Protecting the Environment Award program has energized Northern Kentuckians to protect the environment and our water resources. The program rewards those who are making a positive environmental and community impact through education and service. 

2009-2010 Protecting the Environment Award Program

The 2009-2010 program was held at Twenhofel Middle School. Three scout troops, six teachers and three individual students were recognized. For details about the winning projects, click here.

Below, three students from Sanders' Home School pose with SD1's fish mascot Splash McClean. The students recieved individual awards for a watershed clean-up project.

Below, three of the teachers who were awarded mini-grants for classroom projects are pictured. 

Click the links to view articles appearing in local publications:

"Scouts plant rain garden", Alexandria Recorder, page 3, 7/15/10

"Ceremony Recognizes Students, Teachers", Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/3/10, (web version of article not available) 

"District 1 honors environmental heroes", Kenton Recorder, 7/8/10, (web version of article not available)

Additional event needs and prizes were donated by the following partners:  John R. Green Company (Covington, KY), the Kenton County School District (Ft. Wright, KY), Kroger (Erlanger, KY), Meijer (Florence, KY), Natorp’s Garden Stores (Florence, KY), Panera Bread (Crestview Hills, KY) and the WAVE Foundation at the Newport Aquarium (Newport, KY).

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