Our neighborhoods are now a little bit cleaner and greener thanks the Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge. Through this initiative, students at Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) and their community supporters conduct quick 15-minute litter cleanups and compete to see which school communities can log the most. Due to the pandemic, the 2019 and 2020 cleanup reports were combined to determine the winners. An impressive 406 litter cleanups resulting in the collection of 3,391 bags of trash and 57,862 pounds of litter and debris were conducted between May 2019 and April 2020!
Two of our local schools, Dulaney High School and Ridgely Middle School, were among the winners and received grants to fund school-based instructional projects that focus on environmental literacy. Dulaney placed second among participating high schools and Ridgley did the same among middle schools and each was rewarded with a $1,500 grant. Dulaney is a longtime participant and winner in the Clean Green 15 program and has previously used the grants to construct an outdoor learning area, garden beds and to support horticulture initiatives at the school under the guidance of John Enders, science teacher and adviser to the Environmental Issues Club.
Since 2013, the Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge has been inspiring students to make the environment safer and healthier. It is a partnership between Baltimore County and BCPS with the grants being provided by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools. The program is open to any groups, including any civic or community groups, businesses or other organizations, that wish to help clean up their community. Groups are asked to report their cleanups online and designate a school to receive credit toward the grant competition. This year’s competition is now open and groups are able to log cleanups from May 1, 2021, through April 30, 2022, for consideration in next year’s awards.
It is almost time for the 40th Annual Ridgely Craft Fair, a long-standing tradition and fundraiser for Ridgely Middle School, which features a wide variety of handmade crafts, gifts, art, jewelry, and home décor. It will be held on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors will be set up outside the school, at 121 E. Ridgely Road in Timonium. With close to 50 vendors, ranging from the whimsical creations from Frolic and Banter to blankets from Ow.Fi.Co, to jewelry from vendors like Silverhill Designs and The Glass Bee, there will be a wide variety of goods for sale. The popular vendors at the Craft Fair tend to return year after year including Marge Bryant, a former art teacher and phenomenal artist, who will be exhibiting for the 39th time — she’s only missed the Ridgely Craft Fair once! The day will also include food trucks and a silent auction to raise funds for the school. It is so nice to see this tradition continuing and it is always a great way to shop local and get a jump on that holiday shopping.