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EPA Regional Administrator Kenny and Representative Holt Present $134,100 Check to New Jersey EnvironMentors

Release Date: 04/26/2004
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(#04063) New York, N.Y. -- Trenton Central High School students taught environmental lessons to pre- kindergarten through fifth graders today at Stokes Elementary School through an environmental education project made possible by federal funduing. Following the morning's lessons, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Jane Kenny and Representative Rush Holt presented a check to New Jersey EnvironMentors for this program, which pairs science and environmental professionals with high school students.

.S. Representative Rush Holt, Ms. Maureen Quinn, Executive Director of MentorPower, Ms. Harriet Murray, Principal of Stokes Elementary School, Anthony Cancro, EPA Region 2 Chief of Staff."This program brings adult mentors, teenagers and young children together to learn how to be environmental stewards in their communities, " said EPA Regional Administrator Jane Kenny. "It encourages high school students to pursue careers in science and the environment. EPA environmental education grants, such as this, make a difference in classrooms across New Jersey."

The $134,100 EPA grant to the New Jersey EnvironMentors was made possible through the efforts of Representative Rush Holt Exit EPA disclaimer. The high school students are matched with professionals in science and the environment. Over the course of a school year, the mentors advise the students as they research environmental issues in their communities. Based on their research, the Trenton high school students prepared classes for the Stokes Elementary School students as part of the EnvironMentors program to foster environmental stewardship. EPA has awarded more than $1 million in environmental education grants in New Jersey.