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2014 DEQ School Achievement Award for Community Environmental Outreach

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has honored Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School with an Environmental Leadership Program award for the school's role in organizing and hosting the first-ever Louisiana STEM Expo. 
Since 1995, DEQ has presented its Environmental Leadership Program awards to businesses, municipalities, non-government organizations and schools. Kenilworth, which was the only Baton Rouge-area school to receive an award this year, was honored along with 13 other organizations, in a ceremony at DEQ headquarters on Feb. 26.

"DEQ is always encouraged when schools, like Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School, promote environmental awareness and participation in the Environmental Leadership Program," said DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch. "These young people are tomorrow's leaders, and through Kenilworth, they are learning to be good stewards of the unique environment we have in Louisiana. Congratulations on receiving the ELP School Achievement Award for Community Environment Outreach."

More than 500 people attended the Louisiana's STEM Expo, which was held at Kenilworth on Nov. 2, 2013, and was open to all middle school students from public, private and charter schools in Louisiana. The students offered dozens of demonstrations and projects, including an inflatable set of pig lungs, a solar power demonstration and a mirror that appeared to have an infinite number of lights..

The ELP School Achievement Award for Community Environment Outreach is given to a school that demonstrates leadership in bringing together groups in the community to further scientific and environmental awareness. Through the expo, Kenilworth assembled a wide coalition of groups as partners and sponsors, including The Mosaic Company, the U.S. Navy,  the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, LSU-Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), the Louisiana Chemical Association, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU-College of Human Sciences and Education, Black Alliance for Educational Options and the LSU Cain Center.