2008 BCEQ “Keeping It Reel” Environmental Education Awards

September 6th, 2008 Posted in Front Page News

At our annual BBQ meeting, on June 11th, BCEQ presented our “Keeping it Reel” Environmental Education Awards. This award is named after our co-founder Helen Reel, who worked tirelessly for the betterment of the Bronx environment. This year’s awardees are:

Educator: Bethany Spence of Millennium Art Academy (top left corner, with Stephen Ritz, co-chair Education Comm.), this first year teacher inherited a program mid-year and has transformed a school and science program often generating attendance of 60+ kids for Saturday voluntary science class.

Student Recipients: The Green Institute in Soundview at Stevenson High School Campus (top right corner, with Stephen Ritz, co-chair Education Comm.), this consortium of students – elementary, middle, and high school has inventoried flora and fauna in the Soundview area and features four academic components. They also build gardens at local elementary schools.

Informal Educator: Mike Zamm of the NYC Council on the Environment (bottom right corner, with Mark Stern, co-chair Education Comm.). Mike has worked for over 20 years on the Training Student Organizer program at DeWitt Clinton High School and other schools, educating students about environmental issues and taking them on field trips. On a recent field trip students removed invasive species from the Bronx River.

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