The two schools each took home a trophy and $1,000 prize after topping the five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school from North Brooklyn at the annual Go Green! Greenpoint festival in McCarren Park.
“They were all amazing and demonstrated a lot of science, inquiry and engagement from the students and teachers,” read a statement from the panel of judges, which included representatives from ExxonMobil, From The Source, and District 14 superintendent Alicja Winnicki.
Teams were judged based on their focus on greening the urban environment, creativity, clarity and presentation.
P.S. 23 principal Celina Napolitano said her school plans on using the $1,000 award for the school’s science program and teaching healthy and clean living.
“We have a beautiful trophy that is recyclable, so I am hoping that were going to work hard on our projects next year so that we get to keep it,” Napolitano said.
Some P.S. 23 students worked on creating reused school supplies like a pencil holder made from a soup can, as well as ceramic dining ware and vegetable planting initiative, along with a portable garden from fourth and fifth grades.
Napolitano said the school plans on dedicating an entire room in the school to reused art material for anyone in the school to use.
“We had so many things going on, and according to the judges, because we had so much, that’s why we won,” she said.
Students from M.S. 126 showed off their plan to beautify the school garden, and tackled the technology and science categories of the competition with their reusable electronic art display, including small battery-powered LED wristbands.
The team also learned how to make battery USB chargers to keep their gadgets powered.
“These projects engaged students in an after-school program and also integrated the entire school,” said M.S. 126 principal Marcos Bausch.