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Kindergarten Class Wins Town Video Contest

Great Neck’s little ones were the big winners in the Town of North Hempstead’s “Plastic Ain’t My Bag” Earth Day video contest!  The youngsters in Robin Levine’s Parkville School Kindergarten class took first place in the contest’s early childhood division with their “Save Our Mascot” video entry.  Using the theme of the school’s penguin mascot (one of the animals that plastic bags can “choke and hurt”), the children sang and acted out an original song written by Parkville custodian Robert Hoffmann.


Students in a third grade class at the E.M. Baker Elementary School received a third place award in the elementary school division with their video “Plastic in the Sky, Reusable in the Hand.”


Proud of the youngsters, Great Neck Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Dolan told the Great Neck Record: “Once again, our children are teaching us, and this time, it is our youngest students who are teaching us a lesson abut our environment … we are all so proud of them.”


The youngsters and their teachers and administrators were treated to an awards ceremony and a reception at North Hempstead Town Hall on May 14. All of the winning videos were shown and the winners in this annual video contest were honored for their work discouraging the use of plastic bags. The theme for this year’s contest was “Plastic Ain’t My Bag,” coordinated by Fran Reid, the town’s chief sustainability officer. 


The contest required participants to produce a three-minute video illustrating why using plastic grocery bags ultimately harms the environment and its inhabitants. The students’ submissions incorporated music, graphics and a wealth of eye-opening information.

“This contest is a way of engaging our students so they can learn why protecting the environment is so important,” North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said to the assembled crowd of proud students and parents.


The video competition is one of a number of efforts established over the years by the town to protect the environment.

The videos can be seen at the Town of North Hempstead’s Facebook page at For more information please call 311.