For 2023, we’ve increased the amounts and number of prizes! Thirty schools in New Castle will win cash prizes of up to $1,500 for school supplies and educational projects. Schools compete to collect online pledges to follow five simple steps to help keep pollution out of our waterways. The schools that collect the most pledges in their category will win prizes. New Castle County sponsors this contest because many of our waterways are polluted and much of it is coming from what we do in our own homes and yards. You can be part of the solution to improve New Castle County’s water by pledging to help with these 5 easy steps!
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Are you a teacher, administrator, or parent involved with a New Castle County school? Do you want to learn more about the pledge drive and the prize your school might get if you win? You have come to the right place.
This is a public service campaign to reduce water pollution in New Castle County, Delaware. Residents pledge to follow five simple steps and assign their pledge to a county school. Schools that collect the most pledges win cash prizes they can use to purchase educational materials or to support school projects.
Anyone aged 18 and over, may take the pledge, accept the terms and conditions, and assign the pledge to a New Castle County school. There is a limit of one pledge per email address.
Yes, anyone aged 18 and over, may take the pledge online and assign the pledge to a New Castle County school (including teachers, school staff and school board employees). There is a limit of one pledge per email address.
Yes, those below the age of 18 can take the pledge by signing a poster displayed at their school. Schools can download the poster from this page.
To protect the privacy of minors, we do not collect electronic signatures from anyone under the age of 18.
Yes, anyone aged 18 and over, may take the pledge and assign the pledge to a New Castle County school. There is a limit of one pledge per email address.
All public, charter, private or parochial schools in New Castle County offering classes between Kindergarten and the 12th grade are eligible to receive the prizes, if they are among the top pledge recipients.
Between February 27th and March 17th 2023, residents will pledge to follow five simple steps to prevent water pollution: Scoop the Poop, Garden for Water and Life, Only Rain Down the Drain, Reduce Household Chemicals, and Cease the Grease. When they pledge, they can designate their pledge to any public, charter, or private school in New Castle County, DE. The 9 schools that receive the most designated pledges in their tier will win cash prizes. Twenty-one schools that collect 50 or more pledges will be entered into a drawing for a “wild card” prize of $250.
To help schools secure pledges, we have created a sample backpack flier and poster. Schools can download these from the School Resources page.
Schools will compete in one of three tiers, based on their enrollment:
Tier 1: 600+ students
Tier 2: 300 to 599 students
Tier 3: 1-299 students
The Sponsor will award cash prizes to the winning schools in each tier as follows:
First Place: $1250
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500
All schools who either participate in the student poster pledge or who receive 50 or more pledges will be entered into a drawing for a “wild card” prize of $250.
Of course. We have resources to help you do this on the School Resources page.
If the school you would like to assign your pledge to is not on the list (and it is a Public, Charter, Private or Parochial school located in New Castle County Delaware), please contact us at email@example.com or phone (302) 395-5707 to add the school.