|Students enjoy the indoor garden at Wilma Hansen School.|
Wilma Hansen School takes great pride in the community they belong to. Last year, they created an indoor garden in the library and expanded the front foyer garden thanks to the funding from the Jack Leslie Youth Environmental Grant.
“It is a beautiful area which our students, staff and community enjoy as the library is the hub of our school gatherings,” says teacher, Glenna Stiles. “We have received many kudos from visiting staff and other schools have used it as a model for development in their own projects.”
Students have learned about eco-friendly spaces, planting and transplanting as well as the importance of plants in the environment.
Every year as part of The Mayor’s Environment Expo, two group projects receive up to $1,000 and one individual project receives up to $500 to support implementation and sustainment of an environmental initiative.
The Grant was initiated in 2004 by The City of Calgary in partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Council (part of Youth Central) and the Parks Foundation to recognize former Mayor of Calgary, Jack Leslie. It recognizes the positive impact Jack made to the city and the environment and encourages youth in Calgary to continue with his efforts.
The Jack Leslie Youth Environmental Grant is now accepting applications. For more information or to download an application, click here.
The Mayor’s Environment Expo is a fun educational interactive event for youth, aimed at creating environmental stewards for Calgary. The 2013 Expo takes place June 4-6 at the Municipal Building.