March 6, 2014 at 7:56 AM
PATERSON, NJ - The New Jersey Audubon and National Wildlife Federation has welcomed the Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented to the growing network of Eco-Schools in New Jersey.
The program, which provides resources and support to schools working towards sustainability, has grown from 43 to 109 schools in New Jersey in less than one year, with five members in Passaic County.
The Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented already has a school garden, a robust recycling program and an active environmental club. This year, the students hope to plant Milkweed around the school to support declining monarch butterfly populations.
“The kids are very concerned about what they are hearing in the news," said teacher Maureen Bruins. "They are really committed to making a change in the world.”
Once registered, Eco-Schools can earn awards that recognize their progress towards any of 10 sustainability pathways laid out by the program. Eco-Schools awards provide excellent opportunities for schools to share their efforts with the community and to improve student learning.
Curtis Fisher, Northeast Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation said, “We are proud to welcome Paterson Academy for the Gifted and Talented to this growing network of Eco-Schools in New Jersey. Thanks to support from PSE&G, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Horizon Foundation, we now have a staff person on the ground to support our schools and help them reach their goals.”