- The first annual Earth Day Every Day contest sponsored by Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center
and Lowe's Home Improvement was a huge success with nearly 500 students helping with entries submitted by March 26.
The contest was focused on Riverhead Elementary
School students in grades two, thre and four submitting an environment improvement plan, or an idea on how to best clean up our local beaches and keep our waters clear and safe for all of its critters and creatures.
Their plans were submitted through photos, in a video (limited to three minutes), a journal, or any other way they could dream of - with a winning plan selected from each participating grade level.
Winners of the contest are: Mrs. Feuerman's
second grade class from Aquebogue Elementary School, Mr. Karlson's
third grade class from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, and Mr. Richardson's
fourth grade class, also from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. An honorable mention is awarded to student Benjamin Catanzaro
from Mr. Apicello's
third grade class from Riley Avenue School.
All local elementary schools participated with the highest number of contest entries received from Roanoke Avenue Elementary School.
"The most striking thing about this contest was the variety of the projects. When planning the contest, we had certain expectations of what we would get back but the creativity and ingenuity of the students in the Riverhead School District really exceeded those expectations," said Director of Education, Robert Carasiti
Contest winners will enjoy a full-day fieldtrip to Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, along with a trip on-board our environmental tour boat, lunch at the Aquarium for the entire class, as well as a special and exclusive "Build & Grow" clinic with Lowe's.
Winning Environmental Plans
• Third Grade/Roanoke Avenue Elementary School: A series of mystery stories that uniquely tackle an array of environmental problems and effectively increase awareness of these problems and delve into potential solutions.
• Fourth Grade/Roanoke Avenue Elementary School: A video public service announcement that effectively targeted the desired audience and delivered a message of environmental conservation.
• Honorable Mention/Riley Avenue School's Benjamin Catanzaro: A prototype of a recycling can that encourages recycling. An effective idea developed through a prototype that used recycled materials. He will be receiving a family membership for him and his parents.
About Long Island Aquarium And Exhibition Center (LIA & EC)
Two great family attractions in one fin-tastic destination, this full-scaleAquarium and brand-new Exhibition Center features one of the largest all-living coral reef displays in this hemisphere, a 120,000-gallon shark tank, year-round sea lion shows, numerous touch tanks, and more than 100 exhibits and interactive experiences, including Shark Dive, Pirate Snorkel Adventure, Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat and Sea Lion Kiss. Long Island Exhibition Center's first exhibit is Butterflies & Birds! Flying for a limited engagement, only, don't miss them! Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. Closed Christmas Day. Located adjacent to the Hyatt Place East End hotel, LIA & EC is also the home of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, New York's only authorized marine mammal and sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation center, and the 120-slip transient marina, Treasure Cove Resort Marina. TheAquarium was recently ranked by Parents Magazine as one of the "Top Aquariums for Kids."
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