Young Audiences Announces Winners of NRG Energy Creatively Green Awards

  Young Audiences Announces Winners of NRG Energy Creatively Green Awards

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- February 6, 2013

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania announced four winning
schools in the NRG Energy Creatively Green Award competition, sponsored by
Princeton-based energy company NRG Energy, Inc.

Each winning school will host its own NRG Creatively Green Family Arts
Festival, worth up to $10,000. The two- to three-hour family arts festivals
will consist of  a dynamic performance by a Young Audiences artist focusing on
the importance of protecting our environment, several hands-on art-making
workshops that promote environmental sustainability led by Young Audiences’
professional teaching artists and  a community art project to be played,
displayed or shared during the event.

“We received many compelling applications from schools across New Jersey and
Eastern Pennsylvania each demonstrating exciting “green” initiatives and
programs,” said program coordinator Jacqueline Knox of Young Audiences. “It
was really encouraging for us to see so much interest in bringing sustainable
education to students and families.”

Out of 16 New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania schools that applied, the four
winning schools are:

  *Bayville School – This Bayville, NJ school, which is the oldest public
    building in their district, was financially and emotionally impacted by
    Sandy storm damage, causing them to cancel many free family events they
    had previously been able to host. Principal Mary Guinan said, “The amazing
    phenomenon is…our school family finds a way to teach and enrich students
    and works tirelessly, hand-in-hand to give our families the best that we
    can.”
  *Christa McAuliffe School PS #28 (CMS) – This inner-city school serving
    1,017 diverse students is located in Jersey City, NJ. CMS has a “Green
    Team” comprised of students and staff that coordinate many eco-friendly
    activities and outreach programs including, recycling programs,
    neighborhood clean-ups and “Project Reservoir”, a nationally recognized
    and award-winning, multi-year, multi-disciplinary sustainable living
    project for their middle school students. Principal Dr. Jane Elder wrote
    in her school’s application that, “a Creatively Green Family Arts Festival
    would give us the chance to not only expose our students and families to
    the arts, but also reinforce our schools involvement in environmentally
    friendly activities and projects.”
  *Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School – In line with current efforts by
    Philadelphia, PA schools to “go green,” the Home and School Association of
    Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School started a Green Committee that started
    a recycling program that newly labeled their school as an official “Green
    Ribbon School.” Cook-Wissahickon’s Green Committee, known as the
    Wissahickon Sustainability Council (WSC), is helping transform the school
    and grounds into an environmentally friendly and more sustainable campus.
    Principal Karen Thomas stated, “We, as a school, use what we have, we
    share, we help where we can, we take turns and we ask for the support of
    our local community businesses to aid us when we need help.”
  *Environment Community Opportunity (ECO) Charter School –  Camden, NJ-based
    ECO Charter School hosted a popular Earth Day Event and recently launched
    a new course where students learn about the environment, sustainability
    and gardening. Every ECO student also performed in “Green, The Musical”
    that taught the audience about recycling through acting, dancing and
    singing. Lead Person/Founder & Head Dr. Antoinette C. Dendtler said, “Our
    students are the children of Camden – we work to ensure they grow to
    become adept learners, community leaders and environmental stewards. The
    theme of this festival perfectly aligns with our mission and vision.”

“We had a terrific response with the entries in our NRG Energy Creatively
Green Award program,” said Jennifer Brunelle, head of NRG Global Giving,
“Through this program, we hope to use creative means to spread awareness of
sustainability efforts among young people throughout the region.”

The NRG Creatively Green Awards were created to put on events that incorporate
family involvement and fun, creative education on the science of
sustainability. In addition to funding the program, NRG employees will also
volunteer their time helping at the events.

About Young Audiences

Founded in 1973, Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania is the
premiere arts-in-education resource in the region, providing high-quality
performances and artist-in-residence programs to nearly 500,000 children
pre-kindergarten through 12th grade annually. Young Audiences’ extensive
professional artist roster represents all art forms—from dance and theater to
music, language and visual arts.

The Young Audiences program, Arts for Learning, brings arts-based literacy
programs to elementary school teachers, helping them improve student reading
and writing. This arts-integrated approach helps students learn literacy
concepts and skills using dance, music, theater and visual arts as teaching
tools. Young Audiences’ programs are accessible to all socio-economic, ethnic,
cultural, and geographic communities, and are designed to strengthen the arts
in schools, meet local and state curriculum standards, involve families in
arts activities, and enrich cultural life in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
communities.

Young Audiences New Jersey & Pennsylvania is the first arts education
organization designated as a major service organization by the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts, and, as part of the national network of Young
Audiences, Inc. was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.
Projects like this and the 4,000 programs provided annually by Young Audiences
are made possible in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on
the Arts/Department of State and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Additional
funds come from the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, corporations
and generous individuals. To learn more, visit www.yanj-yaep.org. To be
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About NRG

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Contact:

Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania
Denyce Mylson, 609-243-9000, ext. 202
dmylson@yanj.org
or
NRG Energy
Michelle Tsai, 609-524-5324