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Friday, October 02, 2009

Department of Environmental Protection Press Office
(850) 245-2112

Governor Crist Announces 15 Finalists for Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards
~ More than 125 applications were received in six weeks ~

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today announced the 15 finalists for the Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards. More than 125 applications were received. The awards program recognizes the efforts of students, teachers, classrooms, schools and school districts in creating healthy, efficient and productive places for learning.

Three finalists were selected in each of the five categories including: student, classroom, teacher, school and school district. Winners will be announced Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Embassy Suites/University of South Florida in Tampa.

Student Finalists

  • Erich Christian: a senior at Oak Hall School in Gainesville in Alachua County
  • Chris McDaniel: an eighth grade student at The Renaissance Center in Lecanto, Citrus County
  • Matt Mooney: a junior at Land O’ Lakes High School, Pasco County
  • Class Finalists:
  • Joshua Clearman’s physics class at Key West High School, Monroe County
  • Pamela Krauss’ botany class at South Plantation High School in Plantation, Broward County
  • Deborah Pate’s fourth-grade class at A.K. Suter Elementary School in Pensacola, Escambia County

Teacher Finalists

  • Susan Carney, a kindergarten teacher at Ozona Elementary School in Palm Harbor, Pinellas County
  • Janet Gray, a science teacher at Manatee Cove Elementary School in Orange City, Volusia County
  • Allan Phipps, a magnet instructor at South Plantation High School in Plantation, Broward County

School Finalists

  • Learning Gate Community School in Lutz, Hillsborough County
  • Odyssey Charter School in Palm Bay, Brevard County
  • Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County
  • School District Finalists
    • Charlotte County School District
    • Pasco County School District
    • Pinellas County School District

The Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards is a partnership between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Florida Department of Education, Volunteer Florida Foundation, Collins Center for Public Policy’s Sustainable Florida Program and the Florida Association of School Administrators.

See a more detailed description of the finalists’ projects.

For information on how to obtain tickets to the awards banquet, contact the Volunteer Florida Foundation at 800-825-3786 or email . Tickets for the banquet are $40.00 per person.