Release Date: 5/6/2014
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BCPS superintendent, County Executive to kick off “Clean Green" campaign to clean up county

Schools can benefit from anti-littering projects

What: BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will join forces to kick off a new effort to clean up Baltimore County communities called “Team BCPS Clean Green 15." The anti-litter initiative is designed to encourage BCPS schools and community organizations to conduct litter clean-ups and beautification projects with the incentives of potentially receiving environmental grants as prizes. Through the program, BCPS schools and their community supporters will compete from May 8 through the end of June to sponsor the most “Clean Green" 15-minute litter clean-ups. Community groups may include school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sport teams, or other organizations who wish to help clean up their school community.

When: 1 – 1:45 p.m., Thursday, May 8

Where: Lutherville Laboratory Elementary School
1700 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093

Background:
Through the initiative, participating groups can register their “Clean Green" 15-minute event on the BCPS website and designate which BCPS school will be credited with their project. Environmental grants from the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools will be awarded to schools based on the clean-up activities credited to them as well as other anti-litter education and outreach efforts. Grants range from the $4,000 grand prize award to $2,000 grants for first prize winners on the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Second-place winners will receive STEM resource enrichment education conducted by Hot Spots Extended Care Programs, Inc. Grants are to be used for school-based instruction that emphasizes the theme of environmental literacy. Sponsors include Comcast, Hot Spots, the Maryland Environmental Service, and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.

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