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Advocates say special emphasis should be placed on teaching children to be environmental stewards. (
Advocates say special emphasis should be placed on teaching children to be environmental stewards. (
November 9, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - If you know someone who works hard to protect Chesapeake Bay, you can nominate them for an award for their efforts. The Chesapeake Bay Trust is seeking applications and nominations for its 2017 Annual Scholarship and Awards Program.

Individuals, communities, businesses and organizations that work to promote environmental education, improve local communities and help restore the natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay region will be honored, said Jenny Kley, the group's development and communications coordinator, with a special emphasis on teachers and their students who commit to protecting the bay. Kley said it's important to teach children to become environmental stewards at a young age.

"The earlier you start, the better," she said, "and if they get on board they're also more likely to influence their parents to think about things around the house that help the environment."

A teacher and student of the year will receive scholarship money. Kley said a couple of examples of last year's winners include third-grade teacher Beth Brownley in Queen Anne's County and high school student Marco Salgado.

"He won the $5,000 scholarship," she said. "He led efforts to design and build a working hyproponics system in his school, and he also volunteered in the greenhouse."

The deadline to submit an application or nomination is Dec. 2. This year's winners will be announced during the Chesapeake Bay Trust's Legislative Reception in Annapolis in January.

More information is online at

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD