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Volume XXVII, Number 5578
Monday, Mar 12, 2012

School Kids Participate In The Green Points Challenge

NY Knicks Legend John Starks with Green Points Challenge Winners
NY Knicks Legend John Starks with Green Points Challenge Winners

Last fall, MillionTreesNYC, in partnership with Recyclebank launched the Green Points Challenge for NYC public schools.

Recyclebank rewards people for taking everyday green actions with points that can be redeemed for discounts and deals from local and national businesses. The Green Points Challenge is an online recognition and rewards program designed to encourage and incentivize New York City students to learn about the benefits of trees and actively participate in the MTNYC initiative.

The program is split into two semesters, the fall and spring. Registered classrooms can earn points by taking programs with MillionTreesNYC partners and doing a variety of MTNYC online activities such as requesting a tree or taking the tree quiz. The four classrooms with the most points at the end of the semester win amazing prizes.

Two of the fall winners claimed their prizes in February. Gikeno M.’s first and second grade students at The Earth School in Manhattan won the fall grand prize: a classroom celebration with New York Knicks’ legend John Starks. Gikeno prepared the students by teaching them about the NY Knicks and showing them videos in anticipation of Starks’ visit. On the day of the visit, the students were very excited. They had basketball decorated name tags and asked impressive questions about highlights of Starks’ career and his famous plays such as the dunk. The students also took photos and received autographs.

The first prize winner, Christine W. of P.S. 166 in Queens, won an afternoon of games with the New York Knicks’ Groove Truck. The first graders went outside on February 9 for a hoops competition led by two Knicks’ Groove Truck staff. The truck played music and teachers joined in on the fun. The second prize classroom, also from P.S. 166 in Queens won admission to the Big Apple Circus which they claimed in early January. The third prize winner, Beth P.’s afterschool group from I.S. 123 in the Bronx won a day at the Alley Pond Adventure Course which they will take advantage of later this spring.

The spring 2012 semester of Green Points Challenge runs until April 30. Educators can still register by visiting and contacting one of the partners listed to schedule a program. Spring 2012 prizes include a Swindler Cove campout for the class, an afternoon of games with the New York Knicks Groove Truck, brand name backpacks for the classroom, and free classroom admission to a Garden Exploration Tour at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. These prizes are generously provided by the New York Knicks, New York Restoration Project, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

MillionTreesNYC is a 10-year initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout the City's five boroughs. It is a key aspect of Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC to create a healthier, more livable city. MillionTreesNYC will ultimately expand the City's urban forest, provide New Yorkers important health, economic and environmental benefits, and create a more sustainable urban environment. Since its launch in October 2007, public, private and non-profit organizations have rallied over 10,000 citizen volunteers to plant trees in what has become an unprecedented tree planting campaign and citywide environmental movement. To learn more about MillionTreesNYC, visit or call 311.

Submitted by Kimberley Davy


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anaïs Nin
(1903 - 1977)

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