Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

June 4, 2015
Contact:   Scott Salotto (845) 638-5645


NEW CITY, NY -- County Executive Ed Day today recognized and heard from the winners of Rockland's 24th Annual Eleanor Burlingham Earth Day Essay Contest.  The 2015 recipients - all local fifth grade students - read their short works on the theme of "Exploring Nature in Rockland County: Interactions Between Plants and Animals."

"I am very impressed by the originality and creativity of this year's entries," said County Executive Day. "Many residents don't fully realize the natural beauty and fascinating wildlife that exists right in our own backyards.  These students have made some exceptional observations."

The following students were honored by County Executive Day:

Lucas Curti - St. Gregory Barbarigo School  (Teachers: Ms. Toumey/ Ms. Joanna Sabatano)
Jamie Landsman -  A. McArthur Barr Middle School  (Teacher: Ms. Debbie Karlitz)
Kevin Nelson -  St. Gregory Barbarigo School  (Teachers: Ms. Toumey/ Ms. Joanna Sabatano)
Owen Park - Viola Elementary School  (Teacher: Ms. Lynda Hammond)
Mallory Sheldon - St. Gregory Barbarigo School  (Teachers: Ms. Toumey/ Ms. Joanna Sabatano)
Madison Smith - St. Gregory Barbarigo School   (Teachers: Ms. Toumey/ Ms. Joanna Sabatano)

County Executive Day presented the winning student essayists with a Rockland County "Certificate of Excellence" and an environmental pin from the County's Environmental Management Council, sponsor of the annual contest which honors the memory of Eleanor Burlingham, a local activist who dedicated her life to protecting the environment.

"Today's winners certainly honor Ms. Burlingham's legacy by demonstrating close observation, thoughtful analysis and deep appreciation of the biodiversity, ecology and habitats found in Rockland County," said County Executive Day. "This contest offers a unique opportunity for the County of Rockland to work with local schools to enhance awareness of our local flora and fauna.  These young writers truly revealed their deep commitment to environmental stewardship."

Ms. Burlingham died in 1991.  She was a longtime member of both the Rockland County Conservation Association and the Rockland County Environmental Management Council.