Proclamation presented for Lincroft school’s Green Ribbon award

Neil Begley, principal of St. Leo the Great School, right, accepts the proclamation from Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, of New Jersey’s 13th Legislative District. Also pictured are Father John T. Folchetti, pastor of St. Leo the Great Parish, left, and JoAnn Tier, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools. Courtesy photo


During a Nov. 15 assembly in St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, Cornelius Begley, principal, was presented with a proclamation recognizing the school’s being honored as a 2019 Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso of New Jersey’s 13th Legislative District, was in attendance as well as students, faculty, administration and staff from the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools including JoAnn Tier, superintendent, and Frances Koukotas, director, Network of Catholic School families.

St. Leo the Great School is the first Catholic school in New Jersey to receive the honor and was recognized for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education. 

St. Leo the Great School was one of 35 nationally nominated schools and 14 districts to receive the Green Ribbon recognition, which was announced earlier this year. The honorees, which were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states, included 25 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools.

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