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Crittenden places 2nd in Nat'l Green Space Contest

(07/10/2014) -Crittenden Middle School's Green Space Project, a partnership between the City of Newport News, Newport News Public Schools, the Newport News Green Foundation and Christopher Newport University, was awarded $8,000 for earning second place in the Taking Root outdoor beautification grant program sponsored by Troy-Bilt. Representatives from Troy-Bilt, NNPS and the grant's partners were presented with the award check during a special ceremony on July 9 at the school.

The Crittenden Green Space Project was named one of five finalists in the spring. The project had to secure the most online votes to win the top grant, $12,000. Crittenden's project received over 11,000 votes during the online national contest and earned the $8,000 second place grant award in addition to new Troy-Bilt equipment to help beautify the courtyard.

The Crittenden Green Space Project is aimed at turning an underutilized courtyard area into a more usable, student-friendly, outdoor classroom. School leaders hope to renovate and "STEMulate" the courtyard with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math interactive instructional additions. Recyclable art created by Crittenden students will beautify the courtyard. The project also aims to get students more involved in protecting and maintaining the natural environment to become better environmental stewards.

Crittenden Middle School, located at 6158 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News, is home to the school district's math, science and technology middle school magnet program. The school has over 850 students in sixth, seventh and eighth-grade.

From WVEC.com: Crittenden to receive beautification grant

NNPS and grant partners were presented with the award check on July 9.
NNPS and grant partners were presented with the award check on July 9.