New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced the winners of this year’s Great Schools Clean Streams environmental education campaign, which enlisted area residents to raise awareness of the environmental harm from pouring kitchen grease and oils down the drain and into the county’s wastewater treatment system.

Residents participated in the Great Schools Clean Streams campaign by signing an online pledge at to properly dispose of used cooking grease and throw it in the trash. Each participant assigned their pledge to the public, charter or private school of their choice in New Castle County, and the schools that collected the most pledges won cash awards they can use to purchase classroom materials and to support school projects.

2018 Great Schools Clean Streams winners:

— Schools with 600-plus students: first place, $1,250 award, Olive B. Loss Elementary, 1707 pledges; second place, $750 award, Odyssey Charter School, 1,621 pledges; third place, $500 award, MOT Charter School, 765 pledges.

— Schools with 200-599 students: first place, $1,250 award, Forest Oak Elementary School, 1,885 pledges; second place, $750 award, St. Elizabeth School, 1,620 pledges; third place, $500 award, Christ The Teacher Catholic School, 1,206 pledges.

— Schools with less than 200 students: first place, $1250 award, Saint Peter Catholic School, 183 pledges; second place, $750 award, St. Peter's Cathedral School, 95 pledges; third place, $500 award, Albert Einstein Academy, 63 pledges.

In addition, 10 schools with 50 or more pledges were chosen at random for $250 Wild Card Prize: The Tatnall School, Evan G. Shortlidge Elementary School, Las Americas ASPIRA Academy, Newark Charter School, William F. Cooke Elementary School, Carrcroft Elementary School, Maple Lane Elementary School, Caravel Academy, Tower Hill School and Newark High School.

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