Senator Jim Alesi (R,C - Perinton) today called for local student entries for the 14th annual "I*ma*GREEN*nation" Celebration, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.
The Senate-sponsored contest is open to students in grades one through eight, and includes an awards presentation at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, May 9, 2006, where winners will receive award medals, view submissions by their fellow students from around the state and have the opportunity to tour the seat of government.
"'I*ma*GREEN*nation' encourages youngsters to take an interest in their environment and to use their imagination and creativity to identify challenges that face our community and offer their own insights on possible solutions," said Senator Alesi. "Also, participation is fun, challenging and a great opportunity for children to learn about ways they can have an impact on making New York a cleaner, more livable state."
Last year, more than 500 projects were submitted that explored issues relating to solid waste and recycling, and more than 1,000 students and their teachers traveled to Albany to participate in the competition's events. Senator Alesi welcomed students from. Previous winners include students from Ivan Green Middle School in Irondequoit, Charlotte Middle School in Rochester, Laurelton-Pardee in Irondequoit, St. Joseph's in Penfield and Allendale Columbia in Pittsford.
"Our community has always been well-represented in past competitions and I am sure that this year will be no exception," said Senator Alesi. "I look forward to seeing the creative ideas of our young people to address the pressing issues of a cleaner environment. I invite you to join me in Albany for this year's 'I*ma*GREEN*nation' event."
Schools wishing to participate in this year's event must register by February 28th. The entry deadline
is March 29, 2006.
For registration forms and additional information, schools may contact Senator Alesi's office at (518) 455 - 2015.