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Rutgers-Camden and LEAP Academy University Charter School students won a national Social Justice Challenge award

Monday, November 23, 2015

A team of Rutgers-Camden and LEAP Academy University Charter School students won a national Social Justice Challenge award of $5,000, sponsored by the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Policy and Administration.
The team proposed an urban food forest that would blanket Cooper Street with plant beds using composted soil from school waste. Judges were impressed by the style and content of the presentation, presented live at Rutgers-Newark. Click here to see presentation

The team was comprised of Matthew Closter, Ph.D. Student in Public Affairs, Timnit Kefela, Graduate Student in Biology, Liz Ramos, Undergraduate Student in Biology, and Eduardo Cruz, Justin Estevez, Bielka Gonzalez, and Karina Velez, LEAP Fabrication Lab students. A special thank you to Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago (Public Policy and Administration), Dr. David Salas-de la Cruz (Chemistry), and Carlos Mattei-Ramos, Director of the Fabrication Lab, for their guidance and support.


Social Justice Challenge video presentation. LEAP Academy From Food Desert to Food Forest Presentation begins in 1:38:47