Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is Great Schools, Clean Streams?

This is a public service campaign to reduce pollution in New Castle County, Delaware. Residents pledge to prevent grease clogs in our sewers and assign their pledge to a county school. Schools that collect the most pledges win environmental education grants.

Who is eligible to take the pledge and assign it to a school?

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.

Can teachers, school staff and school board employees take the pledge?

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.

Can New Castle County employees take the pledge?

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.

What kind of schools are eligible to win the prizes?

All public, charter, or private 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.

How do schools win the prizes?

Between March 27th and April 20th 2017, residents will pledge to dispose of their used cooking fats, oil, and grease properly. When they pledge, they can designate their pledge to any public, charter, or private school in New Castle County, DE. The 16 schools that receive the most designated pledges will win cash prizes.

To help schools secure pledges, we have created a sample backpack flier.

What are the prizes and what can the schools do with them?

The New Castle Department of Special Services will present the winning schools with cash prizes as follows:

Public/Charter School Category:

  • 1st Place: $1,750
  • 2nd Place: $1,250
  • 3rd Place: $750

Private School Category:

  • 1st Place: $1,750
  • 2nd Place: $1,250
  • 3rd Place: $750

Honorable Mentions:

  • There will be ten honorable mentions of $250 apiece. Honorable mentions will be allocated between public/charter and private schools without discrimination.

Can we encourage parents of our students to pledge and designate our school?

Of course. We have provided sample backpack flier and email text for you below.

Feel free to modify these however you see fit: backpack flier

What if my school is not on the list?

If the school you would like to assign your pledge to is not on the list (and it is a Public, Charter or Private school located in New Castle County Delaware), please contact Dan Sullivan at NCC Dept. of Special Services by email (Dsullivan@nccde.org) or phone (302) 395-5707 to have them added.

New Castle Department of Special Services

William J. Conner Building, 187A Old Churchman's Road, New Castle, DE 19720

302.395.5707

info@greatschoolscleanstreams.org