Monday, December 19, 2011

Engage Your Classroom - Showcase School Deadline is December 20!

Students at St. Bridged school - leaders in energy conservation.
With a positive attitude and a little mental elbow grease, the Saint Brigid school students are putting environmental stewardship at the forefront of their education.

This past year at the Mayor’s Environment Expo, students from grades four to nine adopted a project titled, How Can We Positively Impact Our Community?, focusing on energy conservation and alternative energy sources.

“We want our students to be critical thinkers, life-long learners and global citizens,” said their instructor Peggy Wong. “Students (especially in elementary) hear the news, or read the paper and sometimes get scared . . . I wanted them to see that their actions can make a difference. I want them to see that stewardship of our earth is up to all of us.”

Leading the ecological charge is 40, grade five and six students who are members of the student-driven, environment club, The Greenators.

Using energy conservation as their focal point, they have been encouraging fellow students to turn off lights in vacant classrooms as well as investigating phantom power, electrical appliance usage and low-energy light bulbs.

Other environmentally friendly campaigns include litter-less lunches, reducing paper usage, and spreading the message to younger students through skits, posters and announcements.

“The students are enthusiastic about the projects and enjoy speaking to others about their learning,” said Wong.

Saint Brigid was a 2011 Showcase School for Calgary’s Mayor’s Environment Expo – and The City of Calgary is inviting teachers to showcase their school at the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo in June.

The 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo takes place June 5-7 at the Municipal Building.

All Showcase Schools qualify for a $250 grant from Encana to help with their projects. Free transportation to and from the Expo is provided by Calgary Transit.

Register your school today and celebrate environmental stewardship!  Deadline application is December 20, 2011. Go to calgary.ca/mee

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