JCPS Schools MS4 & PS39 awarded

Congratulations to both MS#4 and PS#39 for being awarded Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants!
Each school will receive a $10,000 grant to fund their  innovative school based sustainability projects!
At MS 4 "Falcons Take Over the Environment" , and PS 39 will create "The Panther Retreat" ;both projects are committed to establishing "Green Spaces" for the benefit of the Jersey City Public School students and our community!
Falcons Take Over the Environment: The school will renovate its Atrium and create a rooftop garden to help bring more green space to an urban area. These areas will not only allow students to grow fresh produce and flowers, but enjoy nature as well
The Panther Retreat: The school will its courtyard into a green space for students, faculty, and Jersey City residents. The space will include an outdoor classroom, gardens, rain water collection, student-painted murals,
and more.
“The Jersey City Public Schools are proud of the two projects deemed worthy of the 2023 Sustainable Jersey
Grants funded by the NJEA. Jersey City Public Schools intends to work collaboratively in an inclusive environment to enrich student experiences and provide opportunities that may not be commonplace in an urban setting. The project developed by Frank R. Conwell Middle School 4, Falcons Take Over the Environment, supports the love of nature in an urban setting. This two-phase project will create The Falcon Tulip Hub—a quiet, meditative environment in the middle of the school atrium—and The Falcon Rooftop Garden, an area where students will work the soil and engage in planting and maintaining a vegetable and herb garden. These projects will enrich our students with experiences not typically available in a city environment. Dr. Charles P. DeFuccio School/P.S. #39 developed the Panther Retreat, a green space outdoor classroom created in an inclusive environment where students with autism can work collaboratively with their peers and where all students can engage with the school community as they design a food to table garden featuring vibrant murals and sculptures.” – Norma Fernandez, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Jersey City Public Schools, Hudson County
In 2023, Jersey City Public Schools won the 2023 Sustainability Makes $ense Award! This award recognizes a district that has demonstrated exemplary progress in sustainability which results in cost savings to the school district.