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December 16, 2009 > Newark elementary school receives 'green' prize

Newark elementary school receives 'green' prize

Submitted By Clay Merrill

James Graham Elementary was announced as the winner of a "Going Green" contest sponsored by the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus and radio station KNBR-AM. As November's winner, James Graham will receive a $1,000 cash prize from the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus and a pair of luxury suite tickets to a San Francisco 49'er football game in December, donated by KNBR.

James Graham was nominated by a faculty member who described the school's green efforts and was selected from a number of Bay Area schools that were also nominated for their environmentally-friendly practices.

"James Graham's outstanding approach to educating their students about environmental responsibility is extremely commendable, and we feel their dedication to the environment deserves special recognition," said Stacy McAfee, Campus Director for the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. "University of Phoenix has partnered with KNBR to recognize schools in the Bay Area who are demonstrating good stewardship to our planet, and we are proud to honor James Graham Elementary as our November winner."

James Graham Elementary's environmental efforts include the creation of the GREEN Team, a group of sixth grade students who help weed, water and plant in the kindergarten garden. In addition, these students create posters and develop class presentations to promote ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at school. James Graham has also implemented an iRecycle Education Center where children learn about the 4 R's of recycling: reducing, reusing, recycling, and rot. Also, a few of the teachers at the school are modeling responsible green practices for their students by collaborating with the school district to incorporate waste free lunch days where the students will use reusable lunch trays in the cafeteria instead of Styrofoam trays being used currently.

The University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus and KNBR-AM created the "Going Green" initiative in early September where parents, students or employees of Bay Area schools were encouraged to log on to KNBR's web site (www.knbr.com) and fill out a form describing their school's "green" efforts. Through December 2009, one school a month will be selected as a winner and will receive a $1,000 cash prize to assist with school materials and resources, as well as a pair of tickets to a San Francisco football game later in the year.

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