Organizers of the nationally recognized One Day One School voluntary school grounds initiative were presented with the New Jersey Green Community Achievement Award at the New Jersey Shade Tree Foundation’s annual meeting in Cherry Hill this past Saturday, October 21st.
The award is given by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Parks and Forestry Division, in recognition of individuals or groups whose outstanding efforts have greatly contributed to the field of urban and community forestry.
The awards are co-sponsored by the New Jersey Forest Service, New Jersey Community Forest Council, and the New Jersey Tree Foundation.
The One Day One School program brings together tree experts, school officials, town representatives, local companies and students, all volunteering their own time and efforts to make their community school grounds cleaner and safer.
Co-founder Tom “Ace” Gallagher states, “Of course we are honored to receive the award, but we have always maintained that One Day One School was not about us. We sincerely believe that this is just the beginning, so the real honor of this award is it could be helpful in getting our message out to even more schools districts in New Jersey and beyond.
The initiative’s progress so far has shown that it really can be a win–win for everybody, particularly for the students.”
The next One Day One School event is scheduled to take place in Denville on November 14th.