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Ten HCPS Schools Selected for Gerdau/College Football Playoff “Green” Campus Challenge

January 05, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (January 5, 2017) – As part of the College National Championship Game Community Outreach, ten Hillsborough County Public Schools are being rewarded for rising to the challenge of “greening” their school campuses. 

In partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the College Football Playoff sustainability program (Playoff Green) joined with Gerdau Long Steel North America for this innovative challenge. 

Each school was challenged to adopt three “green” activities from a list of more than a dozen possible projects. Each project had to address one of five environmental areas including: 

• Recycling
• Food Waste
• Water Conservation
• Energy Conservation
• Environmental Education/Awareness

On Friday, January 6, at 10 a.m., a ceremonial “green” event will be held at Bailey Elementary School, one of the participating schools. Students and staff at Bailey Elementary will be joined by district leaders as well as officials with College Football Playoff, Gerdau and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful as they clear campus areas, build planting boxes and put in new plants to beautify the school grounds. Bailey Elementary is located at 4630 Gallagher Road, Dover. 

This program is part of the larger community outreach program connected to the college football National Championship game being held January 9, at Raymond James Stadium.

Most of the projects required no cost, making them possible for any school to accomplish regardless of school finances. Participating schools include; Oak Grove Elementary School, Wimauma Elementary School, Westshore Elementary School, Mintz Elementary School, Bailey Elementary School, Bryan Elementary School, Robles Elementary School, Witter Elementary School, Dickenson Elementary School and Thompson Elementary School. 

Each successful school will receive a $500 grant for school supplies and a $1,000 grant to use for “greening” their school campus. Projects at individual schools can include tree-planting, landscaping, beautification or community gardens. Each school will work in partnership with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to design and implement their own unique “green” project on campus.

On Sunday, January 8, at 10:00 a.m., the day before the National Championship Game, representatives from each of the ten schools and from HCPS will join with College Football Playoff, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Gerdau representatives for a recognition ceremony in downtown Tampa near Amalie Arena at the finish line of the Extra Yards for Teachers 5K run.


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