Students and their teachers at Lake Riviera Middle School in Brick Township were recognized by state officials for a climate action project, one of three middle schools in New Jersey to receive the honor.
The group of students, known as the Lake Riviera Green Team, produced a video that provides fellow students with some “green” tips. The video mainly focused on replacing single-use water bottles with reusable bottles and thermoses. The message in the video caught on, officials have said, and the majority of the school community is now reusing their drink bottles.
The efforts by students and their teachers at Lake Riviera were recently recognized last week at an awards ceremony hosted by the Drumthwacket Foundation with New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy. The school’s Green Team won a $1,000 grant for its future work.
“It is an honor to join these bright young minds tonight as we celebrate their hard work on the NJ Student Climate Challenge action projects,” said Murphy, who serves as president of the Drumthwacket Foundation. “New Jersey is the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change education across its K-12 learning standards, giving every student the opportunity to study and understand the climate crisis by equipping them with the critical knowledge and skills to combat climate change. Let these projects show that our state, and the world, are in good hands with the generations of climate leaders who will come from New Jersey.”
Lake Riviera was the only school in Ocean County to be recognized.