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February 24, 2010 > Graham Elementary wins $1,000 prize

Graham Elementary wins $1,000 prize

Submitted By Clay Merrill

Dr. Jason Jones from the University of Phoenix (UOPX) Bay Area Campus awarded James Graham Elementary in Newark with a $1,000 cash prize on February 11, for being the November winner of a "Green" contest sponsored by the University and radio station KNBR-AM.

As part of the awards ceremony, the students sang their special "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" rap song for their special guests.

In addition to the $1,000, James Graham Elementary also received a pair of luxury suite tickets to a San Francisco football game, donated by KNBR Radio. The school was nominated by a faculty member who described the its green efforts, and was selected from a number of Bay Area schools who were also nominated for their environmentally friendly practices.

James Graham Elementary's environmental efforts include the creation of the GREEN Team, a group of sixth grade students who help weed, water and plant in the kindergarten garden. These students also create posters and develop class presentations to promote ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at school. James Graham has also implemented an iRecycle Education Center where children learn about the 4 R's of recycling: reducing, reusing, recycling, and rot. Also, a few of the teachers at the school are modeling responsible green practices for their students by collaborating with the school district to incorporate waste free lunch days where the students will use reusable lunch trays in the cafeteria instead of Styrofoam trays being used currently.

"James Graham's outstanding approach to educating their students about environmental responsibility is extremely commendable, and we feel their dedication to the environment deserves special recognition," said Stacy McAfee, Campus Director for the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. "University of Phoenix has partnered with KNBR to recognize schools in the Bay Area who are demonstrating good stewardship to our planet, and we are proud to honor James Graham Elementary."

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