Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that helps school communities develop both ecological knowledge and environmental practices in order to become environmentally responsible and to reduce the environmental footprint of our schools.
We have a very active EcoTeam that meets once a week to plan and run various eco-initiatives. Students in Grades 3 to 6 educate their peers on various topics and ways to help the environment.
EcoSchool initiatives include:
- litterless lunches
- composting and vermicomposting
- reusable paper bins
- turning off the lights on sunny days
- car free days
- community clean-up days
- an electronic newsletter
- waste audits
- presentations and skits during assemblies
We strive to integrate ecological literacy in every classroom throughout the year. Our active parent community helps coordinate the vegetable garden and maintain our beautiful learning garden made up of native plant species.
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Here Are A Few Of The Projects That The EcoTeam Is Working On:
- We are happy to announce that we successfully applied for a water bottle refill station that will be installed by the end of the school year. We were competing with bids from across the board. The station costs over $2000, but we will receive it for free, based on the strength of our application.
- We have been selected to host a bicycle safety assembly run by Culturelink Settlement Resources, a group that works with schools to promote bike safety. This will take place in the spring.
- We’re planning on making a tree out of used coffee cups, lids and sleeves to represent how much waste is created by take-away cups
- We’re also planning on making a tree out of plastic water bottles to promote reusable water bottles
- Continuing the recycling program at the school
- Continuing to use a compost bin, as well as recycling in the lunchroom
- We’re promoting/creating awareness of reusable water bottles by creating posters
- We have announcements every morning about energy use in the classroom
- We plan on approaching some establishments/small businesses in the community about using recyclable takeaway containers, cups and lids
- We’re continuing to recycle dry markers, caps, pens and mechanical pencils
Butterflies aren’t just nice to look at, they’re also expert pollinators (second only to bees)! Almost 90% of the world’s plants (including 70% of major food crops) rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies for fertilization and reproduction. Unfortunately, urban sprawl has caused the destruction of many natural butterfly habitats. We’re going to help our local pollinators by creating welcoming garden where butterflies can live and thrive!
We’re excited to announce that the funding for this project is coming directly from our Amazon.ca associates program! Because Wilkinson families used our Amazon.ca fundraising link to do their online shopping, we’ve raised enough money to fully fund the butterfly garden. You can access the link from our Get Involved page or by using the Amazon search bar on our homepage.
Plastic Bottle Cap Collection
Last year the EcoTeam collected plastic bottle caps with the goal of recycling them into a large mural.
Below is a photo of the completed mural (courtesy of @WilkyEcoTeam), which can be seen hanging in Room 3. Amazing work!
Thank you for your bottle cap donations!