NEWARK, N.J. , May 6, 2009 — The Ironbound Catholic Academy won the fifth to eighth grade trophy and the Ann Street School won the first to fourth grade award in the Ironbound Business Improvement District’s (IBID) seventh annual Anti-Litter Poster Contest. More than one hundred posters were entered by students from Ironbound elementary and middle schools participating in the contest which draws attention to the IBID’s “Let’s Work Together to Keep the Ironbound Clean” quality of life initiative.
East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, a longtime supporter of the contest, congratulated the students, pointing out that participation in the contest has increased every year, demonstrating that the Ironbound’s young people are mindful of the need to keep their community clean and green. “It all starts with the children, and I would be happy to see their commitment and concern inspire their families, friends and neighbors regarding an issue that impacts everyone in the Ironbound including residents, the business community and visitors,” noted Councilman Amador.
The team of Linda Ortiz, Stephanie Silva, Stephanie Simoes, Kayla Roque, Marina Santiago, Victor Villa and Oluwagbemiro Shoyoye were joined by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, IBID Executive Director Seth A. Grossman and their principal, Lorraine Novak, at the awards ceremony.
The team of Linda Ortiz, Stephanie Silva, Stephanie Simoes, Kayla Roque, Marina Santiago, Oluwagbemiro Shoyoye and Victor Villa represented the Ironbound Catholic Academy . The students pointed to their theme of a “clean and green” Ironbound as an important factor in making the community a great place to live and work, and for people to visit.
The team of Dayanara Zarama, Luiza Sala, Ines Santos, Beatriz Guido and Stephanie Barbosa represented the Ann Street School . The surrealistic concept of a garbage can bigger than people that everyone could contribute to and make the Ironbound a clean and welcoming community helped their poster stand out, the students noted.
The team of Dayanara Zarama, Luiza Sala, Ines Santos, Beatriz Guido and Stephanie Barbosa were joined by East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, IBID Executive Director Seth A. Grossman and their teacher, Marilyn Richardson, at the awards ceremony.
Steven T. Yglesias, IBID President, said, “This contest highlights our partnership with the Ironbound community to improve quality of life issues for everyone. Although our authority is targeted for the Ferry Street business area, our quality of life reflects that of the entire community. Our greatest asset is the Ironbound community, its way of life, and its people.”
Seth A. Grossman, IBID Executive Director, pointed out that the IBID will print thousands of posters and postcards featuring the work of the winning students for distribution in Ironbound schools and display in the storefront windows of merchants and restaurants throughout the Ironbound District. The postcards provide information about the Ironbound District’s trash pick-up and recycling schedules as well as rules and regulations regarding waste disposal. For more information, contact the Ironbound Business Improvement District by phone at 973-491-9191973-491-9191, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the IBID web site, www.GoIronbound.com.