OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Intermediate School was recently awarded a $4,000 grant as part of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey launched by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit that provides tools, training and grant money to support and reward municipalities and schools for pursuing sustainability programs.
The intermediate school was one of 30 schools to receive up to $4,000, according to an Aug. 24 announcement posted on the program’s website.
According to a district spokesperson, the intermediate school received $4,000.
The school plans to use the money to buy three water bottle filling stations in the school for its students, staff and visitors, according to a press release sent by public relations firm JASM Consulting.
The “OCIS Green Team” prepared the grant proposal, according to the release. The release also said health and science teachers plan to incorporate the water stations into their lesson plans.
“The district is always looking for ways to improve the health of our students and the impact our schools have on the community,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said in the release. “This grant is one more step forward in our initiative.”
The state Department of Health funds the grants through its Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant, according to the program’s website.
More than 200 school districts and 500 schools participate in the program.
Ocean City’s intermediate school was the lone Cape May County school to win the award. In Atlantic County, Egg Harbor Township High School, Fernwood Middle School and Northfield Community Middle School each received a grant.