EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Karen Ebert, a first-grade teacher at the Slaybaugh Primary School, was awarded a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools capacity-building grant to make improvements to the school garden.

The garden was developed through a partnership with the Alder Avenue Middle School Catawba Project and funded through an AtlantiCare Healthy Kids New School Garden Grant, Ebert said in a press release.

The new Sustainable Jersey for Schools and New Jersey Education Association grant will pay for the purchase and delivery of three tables made of recyclable materials and three table umbrellas to be placed adjacent to the garden, Ebert said, expanding the learning space with practical seating and table space that will be used in a variety of hands-on activities.

Randall Solomon, executive director for Sustainable Jersey, said Sustainable Jersey for Schools aims to empower schools with the funding needed to implement important sustainability actions, allowing communities to come together to improve outcomes for students, staff and the environment.

Proposals were judged by an independent selection committee. The grants are intended to help school districts and schools progress toward a sustainable future in general, and Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in particular, according to the release.

With this contribution NJEA has provided $750,000 to support sustainable initiatives across the state. In addition to the grant funding, NJEA supports Sustainable Jersey for Schools as a program underwriter, the release stated.

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