FSD Schools Receive Eco Globe Status
for the 2013-2014 School Year
Congratulations to the Frontier schools that received Eco Globe Status
for the 2013-2014 school year. These schools have been incorporating environmental, social and humanitarian actions in daily school life.
Eco Globe Schools Awareness Level:
Cormorant Lake School
Cranberry Portage Elementary
Eco Globe Schools Action Level:
D.R. Hamilton School (Cross Lake)
Frontier Collegiate Institute (Cranberry Portage)
Each school has been acknowledged by both the Province of Manitoba and by Frontier School Division at the annual August Gathering held in Winnipeg.
On January 9th and 10th Gypsumville School eagerly accepted the Acts of Green Challenge from Divisional Science Consultant Jacqueline Monteith. Each student made a recording sheet to record any act of green they participated in. This ranged from composting, recycling, not littering, participating in anti-bullying campaigns, or using a reusable water bottle or lunch container. Gypsumville School, with a school population of under 80, had a grand total of over 5000 Acts of Green! Very impressive, Gypsumville!
If you would like to become recognized as an Eco Globe School, or participate in the Acts of Green Challenge, please contact Jacqueline Monteith for help and support.
In addition to the Acts of Green Challenge, Gypsumville School began a composting program under the direction of teacher Jodi Kalden. After putting together a compost bin with her Grade 3, 4 & 5 class, Kalden encouraged the entire school to participate. The class decorated the plastic collecting containers for each classroom, and made posters for the school. Each day three students from the Grade 3-5 classroom collected the organic waste from around the school and brought it to the compost bin.
The program has been a huge success! Every classroom and staff member has participated fully, and reduced the amount of garbage going into classroom garbage bags by ¼ bag per classroom. As a celebration of this program, each family in the school was invited in on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 to plant a family vegetable container (1 container per family). Everyone was excited to see that the compost was able to produce ½ an ice cream pail of new soil, which was mixed with other soil, and used on this planting day!
It was a fabulous afternoon! It was great to see students and their parents/guardians/aunt or uncle planting together! Each family received a planter and then had to choose 3 different types of vegetables to plant (lettuce, dill, chives, or radish). After labeling their planted seeds and watering them, the planter was ready to go home. By early summer some “salad” fixings were ready to share as a family.
Gypsumville School would like to thank Learning for a Sustainable Future
(LSF), a Canadian non-profit dedicated to integrating sustainability education into Canada’s education system. LSF’s EcoLeague™ program provided funding to support this environmental/social action project.
Frontier School Division
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