Moses Teacher Recipient of ING Grant

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Christopher Brodmerkel, a sixth-grade teacher and adviser of the Recycling Club at Robert Moses Middle School, is the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program. Selected from thousands of applications, Mr. Brodmerkel is one of only 100 winners and is currently in the running for three larger prizes, which will be awarded this summer.

Working in conjunction with Tracy Marcus at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center at Cedar Beach, the grant funding will enable Mr. Brodmerkel and 75 sixth-graders in the Recycling Club to visit Cedar Beach and the 9/11 Memorial, learn about the dune ecosystem and its importance to Long Island, and participate in replanting efforts. The main objective of the partnership project between the RMMS Recycling Club and the CCE is to educate students about erosion of Long Island’s local beaches, specifically the issues caused following Superstorm Sandy.

“The main purpose of the club is to educate students on the importance of recycling and environmental awareness,” said Mr. Brodmerkel. “In addition, the Recycling Club actually collects and recycles paper, bottles and cans within the school. Without the club, these materials would be taken away as regular garbage.”