EAST AMWELL, NJ - West Amwell School and East Amwell Township School have each won a new garden partially made from recycled oral care waste through this year's Save Water Challenge, according to a release.
The challenge is done through Colgate-Palmolive, ShopRite and recycling leader TerraCycle. To participate, students, teachers and community members were asked to take the pledge to save water on behalf of their school.
"We look forward to engaging all our kindergarten through grade six students in this outdoor learning experience and using the new instructional outdoor space," West Amwell School principal David Miller said in the release. "West Amwell School has a small and strong school community whose beauty will only be enhanced by this award."
The school earned 1,528 pledges through online pledging to save water on its behalf while East Amwell Township School earned 390. As the first place overall winner, West Amwell School is eligible to receive a garden donation partially made from recycled material.
That includes 48 pieces of garden lumber, one picnic table, one gazebo and one flat bench, all valued at $15,000.
"West Amwell School is grateful to Colgate and ShopRite for such an awesome opportunity for our students," West Amwell School PTO President Michael Strouse said in the release. "The winning effort involved the entire community, from staff, parents and students, and community social media support. Our school is forming a committee of parents and teachers to maximize learning potential of the prize.
As the third place overall winner, East Amwell Township School is eligible to receive a garden donation with 48 pieces of garden lumber and two flat benches, valued at $5,000. It will all be built using recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers collected through the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program.
“East Amwell Township’s Community Members and students are always willing to help the school and the environment, whether it be by voting or recycling materials," said fifth grade teacher and environmental club advisor Sharon Ernst in the release. "The community support is what makes our school so great. With the winning of garden materials and benches, our students will be able to utilize outdoor space and observe nature. Getting outside, taking a breath of fresh air, and being mindful of our surroundings is imperative, especially with the challenges everyone has faced this year.”
The gardens will be unveiled at ceremonies in the spring.
The third annual Save Water Challenge began in July, through schools in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland. The Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program is an ongoing activity, and each piece of waste sent in using a pre-paid shipping label gives participants money toward donations to the school or charity of their choice.