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ADS Wins The Environmental Community Service Award and Enjoys a Surprise Assembly and Check Presentation
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Thursday, May 03, 2018
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On the morning of Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Archbishop Damiano School's students and coworkers attended a surprise assembly in the ADS Gym. The assembly was presented by our friends from Wawa (with Wally the Goose), the environmental law firm of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, and 6ABC News. We were honored with the 'Environmental Community Service Award' for our environmental programs and initiatives on campus, including the Horticulture Program and our "Not-so-Secret" Garden. We were also presented with a $5,000 check to continue enhancing our initiatives! Following the assembly, the guests visited the Science Room to talk with the teachers and students involved with the winning Horticulture program. They also toured the garden to witness the hands-on learning of our students to highlight the importance of incorporating positive sensory experiences and carefully constructed pathways that allow students with limited sight and mobility to access the garden. 

This is the 13th year that this award has been presented to a deserving school. Created by Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP, the goal of the Environmental Community Service Award is to recognize schools for their outstanding programs that enhance and improve the quality of life in their communities as well as raise awareness of environmental concerns. Since the program’s inception, two dozen schools in the tristate area have been recognized for their outstanding programs.  The individuals who judge the programs are all experts in the field of the environment and science. They are representatives from The Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, and Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control along with someone representing each sponsor -- Wawa, 6abc, and MGKF.

Thank you to the sponsors for visiting us on April 17, and of course, for the recognition of our students' hard work.