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Posted on: February 15, 2023

County Executive Meyer announces return of environmental education contest for schools

Today New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced the return of the popular “Great Schools, Clean Streams” campaign — this year more schools can win, and the top pledge earners will win bigger prizes. This year’s contest begins on February 27th and ends on Friday, March 17th. During that time, residents support their local schools by pledging to follow five simple steps to help keep pollution out of our waterways online at Thirty schools in New Castle County, up from nineteen in previous years, will win a share of the $15,000 in cash prizes to purchase classroom materials or support campus projects. 


'We need your help to protect the environment,” County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Sign our Great Schools Clean Streams pledge to become a Clean Stream Champion. All it takes is take five simple steps at home to keep our waterways clean. Together we can make a big difference in reducing pollution in our streams.”


Each participant assigns their pledge to the school of their choice in New Castle County. The schools that collect the most pledges win cash awards for classroom materials and school projects. Children and youth under the age of 18 can also participate by signing a student pledge poster or holding a green shirt day at school.


Thirty schools from three categories based on enrollment size will win cash awards in 2023. First, second and third place awards from each category will receive awards of $1,500, $1,000, and $750, and all schools with 50 or more pledges will be entered into a wild card drawing for one of twenty-one $250 awards. School enrollment categories are:

  • 1 - 299 students
  • 300 - 599 students
  • 600 or more students

This contest is supported by the New Castle County Department of Public Works as a way to work with local schools on a project that benefits the community. Each commitment to take steps to keep our waters clean, will add up to a big reduction in pollution and trash flowing into our local waters. 


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