The students at South Shore Charter Public School last week celebrated being named "America's Greenest School" contest, and got a look at the spoils of victory.
The third- and fourth-grade class taught by Sarah Roberts [shown above with Roberts and assistant teacher Bill Tramontana] became one of 10 finalists in a nationwide online poll by submitting a mock newscast featuring the Norwell school's energy-saving and conservation programs.
The contest's sponsor, Illinois-based IC Bus, said more than a million votes were cast nationwide. While the company didn't provide exact results, Roberts said she was told that her class received more than 200,000 votes.
The big prize was a diesel-electric hybrid vehicle that Roberts said will be the first plug-in school bus in the state. At Wednesday's formal announcement of the award, the school got a chance to see a model of the bus they'll soon be riding.
The award also included a $20,000 enviornmental makeover for the school, a $3,000 scholarship, $500 in classroom supplies, and a concert by the rock band The Maine, which took time to pose for a photo with Roberts.