Tuesday, May 22, 2012

St. James Elementary and Junior High School sprouts community leaders

The Global Leadership class at St. James is proving that anyone can make a difference in this world.

Students were provided the opportunity to explore a myriad of global issues. Out of this freedom, they gravitated towards different projects they felt would have meaningful impact.

The class has seventeen leaders – each with a unique passion and each leading their own project. Projects include everything from volunteering at the SPCA, to fundraising for protecting habitats, to monitoring energy consumption, to educating on best practices, to installing sensors that reduce water run times in the school’s washrooms. They are even sharing ideas on how to protect the coral reefs with their partner school in Grenada.

Grade 9 teacher, Bill Robinson says, “These projects have truly empowered my students to take action to protect the environment. They had the opportunity to choose what environmental action interested them. Because they had that choice, hopefully it will be life-long learning.”

There’s no stopping these environmental leaders from making a difference. They are changing the behavior of their peers, their teachers and even their parents.

Join us at the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 5-7 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

Read about what other showcase schools are doing to protect land, air and water.
The Mayor’s Environment Expo thanks Encana and Calgary Transit for their partnership in the Showcase School program. Encana is sponsoring a $250 grant exclusive to the Showcase Schools. Calgary Transit is providing Showcase Schools with free transportation to and from the Expo

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