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 cash prizes they can use to purchase educational materials or to support school projects.
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 online and assign the pledge to a New Castle County school (including teachers, school staff and school board employees). There is a limit of one pledge per email address.
Can students under the age of 18 take the pledge?
Yes, those below the age of 18 can take the pledge by signing a poster displayed at their school. Schools can download the poster from this page.
To protect the privacy of minors, we do not collect electronic signatures from anyone under the age of 18.
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, private or parochial 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 April 12th and April 30th 2021, 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 9 schools that receive the most designated pledges in their tier will win cash prizes. Ten schools that collect 50 or more pledges will be entered into a drawing for a "wild card" prize of $250.
To help schools secure pledges, we have created a sample backpack flier and poster. Schools can download these from the School Resources page.
What are the prizes and what can the schools do with them?
Schools will compete in one of three tiers, based on their enrollment:
Tier 1: 600+ students
Tier 2: 300 to 599 students
Tier 3: 1-299 students
The Sponsor will award cash prizes to the winning schools in each tier as follows:
First Place: $1250
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500
All schools who either participate in the student poster pledge or who receive 50 or more pledges will be entered into a drawing for a "wild card" prize of $250.
Can we encourage parents of our students to pledge and designate our school?
Of course. We have resources to help you do this on the School Resources page.
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, Private or Parochial school located in New Castle County Delaware), please contact Dan Sullivan at New Castle County Department of Public Works by email (Dsullivan@nccde.org) or phone (302) 395-5707 to have them added.
What else can I do to improve streams in New Castle County?
Visit New Castle County's Clean Streams Champion website for more tips on what residents can do to keep pollution out of our local streams.