On March 27th, I had the great opportunity to visit the Parkview High School, Key Club, and Environmental club. The group of students invited me because they wanted to explore initiatives and activities that they could lead across their high school for Earth Week. This was the perfect opportunity to have a conversation about Green Schools Nova Scotia campaigns that involve energy efficiency, and how to motivate high schools students to adopt energy efficiency behaviours.
On Friday, April 26th, I attended the Transition Fair at the NSCC Akerley Campus. This was Green Schools’ first time attending the fair, and I was very excited to represent our incredible program. The fair aims to showcase the different programs available to High School students who may be looking at how to transition into the next phase of life in and outside of school, how to figure out their interests as they prepare them for adulthood.
The Green Team at Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre Academy (CBHECA) wanted to do something for their community this Earth Day. The wheels started turning about a year ago when I visited with their Team for a year-end wrap up meeting. Plastic was on everyone’s minds. Their school is located a few hundred meters from the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the students had been reading about the impact that single use plastics have on marine health.
On April 29th, our Engagement Officer Pam visited the students at G. R. Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton. She visited Tammy Fortune’s and Sarah Galvin’s Grade 3 classes to talk about Energy, Plants and Magnets! Students tested out devices with some energy meters, including a hairdryer, incandescent lights, LED lights, and even a clothesline! One student told the group, “When we eat plants, we get that energy from the sun!” as plants use the sun’s energy to grow!
Engagement Officer Natalie McMaster was thrilled to be invited to King's-Edgehill School to inspire our future leaders and kick off the Junior Scool’s Earth Day Celebrations. Everyone was getting involved, two teachers biked over 30km in the cold wind from Wolfville to Windsor to decrease their carbon footprint and connect to the earth! An inspiration for sure.
On Friday, April 12th, I headed off to Ecole Grosvenor Wentworth Park to celebrate with the winners of the Watts Off Energy Challenge. Initially, I was just going for the pizza party to celebrate, however, due to all the hype that the Grade 5/ 6 students in Ms. Peet’s class brought during the 6 weeks of the energy challenge, other classes were interested in learning about energy efficiency.