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Schools earn clean city awards

The Hampton Clean City Commission (HCCC) has selected Moton Early Childhood Center, Booker Elementary School, Eaton Fundamental Middle School, Kecoughtan High School, Langley Elementary School, Phenix PreK-8 School, and Spratley Gifted Center as recipients of clean city awards for 2019.
Moton Early Childhood Center won the Clean City Environmental Education Award. The school was presented with this award for educating our youngest students on the environment and recycling. In addition, Joanne Drew, principal of the school, won a Clean City Environmental Education Award for her support and encouragement of those efforts. Katherine Dermanis, who is now retired from Moton, won the Harriet Storm Environmental Education Excellence Award for her extraordinary contributions to educating the preschool students at Moton.

The Green Schools Award is given to those schools that integrate environmental education into the daily activities of their schools. This includes cleanups conducted by students on their campus, a recycling program in the school, environmental education activities that take place in the classroom and after school, beautification activities undertaken by the students and the school family, the education and practice of energy conservation measures, and the presence of environmental clubs or clubs that include environmental activity in their mission.

The following schools received the Hampton Green School Award:

Booker Elementary School conducted cleanups, participated in regular recycling, as well as plastic bag recycling. They also planted flowers and focused on environmental education throughout the month of April. The school’s two environmental clubs, the Heifer Club and the Gardening Club, contribute to the beautification and recycling efforts at the school. The school recycled more than 2,096 gallons of commingled recyclables, an amount approximately equal to 5,870 pounds. The school also recycled 125 pounds of plastic bags and won third place in the Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge, receiving a $500 award. In addition, Booker opened its doors for participants in the Remarkable Trees of Hampton Tour three times in the course of the year.

Eaton Fundamental Middle School cleaned up their campus, participated in regular recycling efforts, and hosted a Navy group that cleaned up the creek adjacent to the school. In addition, members of the Ecology Club participated in raised bed vegetable gardening using water collected from rain barrels.

Kecoughtan High School participates in weekly cleanups throughout the fall and spring, and maintains a butterfly garden and additional plant beds throughout the year. The Ecology Club also installed boxwood planter boxes near the gym and portable classroom entrances. The school recycles in the regular school recycling program, and also collected plastic bags and wrap for the Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge, in which they placed second for secondary schools and received a $750 award. Throughout Earth Week, environmental announcements written by students were made daily.

Langley Elementary School participates in regular Green Team student-led cleanup efforts. In addition, they participate in both the regular school recycling program and the plastic bag recycling program. The students recycled 12,600 gallons of commingled recyclables, the equivalent of 35,280 pounds of recyclables (17+ tons).  An added environmental education bonus is the beehive maintained by the Beekeeping Club.

Phenix PreK-8 School participates in regular school recycling as well as plastic bag recycling. The school won first place for elementary in the Kroger Zero Hunger Zero Waste Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge with a prize of $1,000. They recycled 626 pounds of plastic bags and plastic wrap. The school has a Green Team that helps with recycling and promoting environmental activities of various sorts, including the gardening effort. In addition, the career fair organizers invited Hampton Clean City Commission to present marine debris information at its career fairs. HCCC also conducted a recycling pizza activity for select sixth grade students.

Spratley Gifted Center has an active litter prevention program that includes participating in the Adopt-A-Spot program for their school grounds, the International Coastal Cleanup, and Clean the Bay Day. Spratley also won the Extra Mile Adopt-A-Spot Award for cleaning up between 10 and 19 times throughout the year. The school recycles an amazing amount. They recycled 20,160 gallons of commingled recyclables, the equivalent of 56,448 pounds (28+ tons) of recyclables. When they are not recycling and cleaning up, they are maintaining their outdoor classroom habitat area, vegetable gardening, composting, raising trout and oysters, installing rain gardens, and holding a Shark Tank experience to address erosion issues. They still found time to take environmental education field trips to Ft. Monroe, Sandy Bottom Nature Park, and Bethel Landfill.

Asbury Elementary School, Moton Early Childhood Center, and Smith Elementary School received Green School Honorable Mention Awards.

The schools were recognized at the Hampton Clean City Volunteer Recognition Dinner on October 24.

For more information about the Hampton Clean City Commission's School Pride in Action Program, the Green School Awards, and other environmental education efforts, contact HCCC at 727-1130 or

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