Today, February 4, 2011 is Eco Day at École Polson Park Public School.
Polson staff are working in partnership with Faculty of Education students from Queen’s University to deliver a series of workshops for students with an environmental awareness theme. Students and staff will be engaged in a variety of learning activities over the course of the day that are based on the Ontario curriculum.
Some of the activities will include making a water filtration system, starting seeds in biodegradable pots, green chemistry, making musical instruments from recycling materials, sorting recycling materials game and conducting a bottled water taste test, to name a few.
Krista Lackey and 24 other Bachelor of Education students will be volunteering on Friday at the school. Funding for the day was received from the Johnny Biosphere Environmental Education Fund, (a bursary program run by the Faculty of Education in honour of Dr. John Vallentyne, who was a Queen’s University professor, prominent research scientist, and life long environmental activist.)
Eco Day is one of the many projects students have the opportunity to participate in this year to help educate children that everyone can make a difference in helping our environment. Eco Day will move us closer to meeting our goal of earning the Ontario EcoSchools certification.
To become a designated EcoSchool, schools are required to complete all six components of the application process by the end of the school year.
The six components are: Teamwork and Leadership, Energy Conservation, Waste Minimization, School Ground Greening, Curriculum, and Environmental Stewardship.
The students in the Eco Club have been leading the way for the school, with projects, surveys, and activities being completed in all of the six areas, under the leadership of two teacher advisors, Astrid Wils and Don Wartman.
For more information about the Ontario EcoSchools program, visit www.ontarioecoschools.org .
Release source: Limestone District School Board