The Fifth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge Awards Ceremony held on May 10, 2017 at the Long Key Nature Center
Another exciting P3 Eco-Challenge Awards ceremony held on May 10, 2017 at the beautiful Long Key Nature Center in Davie! Broward County Public Schools’ environmental stewards and schools were celebrated and awarded with generous prizes from our wonderful sponsors. We had a new category, Custodial Staff, and more nominees than ever before applied. Environmental stewards from all over the district showed off their initiatives in gardening, recycling, create sustainable programs, and volunteerism in community outreach to preserve our planet’s resources for now and the future. The awards ceremony celebrated schools and individuals for their environmental accomplishments.
The 2017 top prize school winner was Tequesta Trace Middle School and the runner up was Beachside Montessori Village. The top educators were Tara Dukanauskas (North Andrews Gardens Elementary), Mitchell Comiskey (Forest Glen Middle), and Vincent Newman (McArthur High School). The top Non-Instructional Individual was Monica Chavakula from Orange Brook School and the top Custodial Staff was Greggory Lockwood from Lakeforest Elementary School. The top students were Kenneth Hardemon-Pace (Orange Brook Elementary), Ethan Wigutow (Nova Middle), and Kimberly Correia (South Broward High School).
See all winners, nominees and prizes here – 2017 P3 Winners and Nominees_w_Prizes-FINAL
See all nominees’ bios and summaries here – 2017_P3_Bios_Summaries
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The Fourth Annual P3 Eco-Challenge Awards Ceremony – May 11, 2016
Outstanding Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) environmental stewards were celebrated at the third P3 Eco-Challenge Awards Ceremony held on April 29, 2015 at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie. All nominees certainly live up to what P3 means — Preserving our Planet for Posterity — through their efforts to recycle, garden, create sustainable initiatives, and volunteer in community outreach to preserve our planet's resources for now and the future. The awards ceremony celebrated schools and individuals for their environmental accomplishments.
The 2015 top prize school winner was McFatter Technical High School and the runner up for all categories was Whispering Pines Center. The top educators were Lynn Walsh, Diana Dworzan, and Jessica Brown. The top volunteer was Dr. David Kerstetter and the top students were Connor Fahy, Dylan Navarro, and Ariel Elazar. See 2015_P3_Program
Our second P3 Eco-Challenge Awards Ceremony was an exciting event. It was held on May 14, 2014 at the beautiful Long Key Nature Center in Davie. The event began with a wonderful performance by the Deerfield Beach High School Jazz Band. Mr. Jose Dotres, BCPS Chief Academic Officer provided the opening remarks and Broward County Mayor, Barbara Sharief and BCPS Chair, Patti Good, and Dr. Jeanine Gendron, Director of STEM and Instructional Resources Dept., welcomed everyone to the ceremony. Winning students, administrators, educators, volunteers and schools were awarded prizes by School Board Member Ann Murray (District 1). School Board Vice-Chair Donna P. Korn (At-Large) and SBBC Member Nora Rupert (District 7) attended the ceremonies. Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Heithaus, FIU Professor and Executive Director of the School of Environmental, Art and Society and host of National Geographic Crittercam, was the keynote speaker. The delicious food donated by Whole Foods. Prizes: Over $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in-kind donations. Overall school winner for the $2,000 prize was New River Middle School and the runner-up for $1,000 prize was Lake Forest Elementary School. Individual school categories, with a $500 prize, Peters Elementary won in the School Grounds Enhancement category and Driftwood Middle School for School Sustainability. Other category winners were: Maplewood Elementary for Curriculum Integration, Bright Horizons School for Community Involvement, Forest Hills Elementary for Administrative Support, and Welleby Elementary for Innovation/Special Projects.
Winners (all winners, prizes and nominees can be found at ../winners/)
Our first P3 Eco-Challenge Awards Ceremony was an event to remember. It was held on May 15, 2013 at the Long Key Nature Center in Davie. P3 stands for Preserving our Planet for Posterity and all nominees certainly live up to the name of preserving our planet for now and the future through among other things, recycling, gardening, creating sustainable initiatives, and volunteering in community outreach. Winning students, administrators, educators, volunteers and schools were awarded prizes for their stewardship by Superintendent Robert Runcie and School Board Member Ann Murray (District 1). School Board Member Nora Rupert (District 7) and Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Director of Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division welcomed everyone to the ceremony. Dr. Jurado was recently honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change,” which is part of the federal administration’s “Winning the Future Initiative.” Roxanne Paul of the National Wildlife Federation gave opening remarks and Shannon Estenoz, Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives, US Department of Interior, was the keynote speaker. Broward County Public School District is the first in the nation to receive system-wide National Wildlife Federation Certification in July 2012.
Following a wonderful performance by the Driftwood Middle School Jazz Band, winners were presented with their prizes and awards, thanks to our generous sponsors.
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