SCH’s Ellen Kruger (left) and Sophia Boyd (right) hold a grant check with Paul Winn, CEO of Recyclebank, Mayor Kenney and Commissioner Williams.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy was one of 13 local schools awarded grants for their sustainability efforts at a presentation presided over by Mayor Jim Kenney and Streets Department Commissioner Carlton Williams, Ellen Kruger, SCH’s science teacher and Eco Club advisor, and Sophia Boyd ’18, co-head of the Eco Club, received a check for $2,500 from Recyclebank’s Green Schools Program.

The grant was the result of a school-wide drive for city residents to support the school’s sustainability initiatives with their weekly recycling. Users of Recyclebank are urged to donate points to the program that provides funds to schools throughout the city to support “environmental projects designed to positively impact students, educators and communities.”

The school will use the grant to replace paper towel dispensers with electric hand dryers in the new McCausland Lower School and Commons. This initiative is one of dozens SCH has spearheaded over many years to leave a trail of green footprints throughout the campus. The check presentation ceremony was held at the Richard Wright Elementary School on May 16.

Each year since 2010, the Green Schools Program has enabled residents to support their local schools’ unique and creative environmental projects. The program collects donated points through Recyclebank and converts them into real dollars — up to $2,500 per school.