My name is Ruvi and last week was my first week doing in-person engagements with the Green Schools NS program. I had a great time! The two schools I visited were showing interest in our Green Schools program for the first time; they both reached out over the summer to request visits this fall. This level of enthusiasm is shows an incredible commitnment to teaching sustainability to students in our province.
Located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, The Booker School is an independent, non-profit preprimary to grade nine school embracing the values of the International Baccalaureate (IB). IB is an inquiry based not-for-profit educational foundation based out of Geneva, Switzerland.
International Baccalaureate Mission Statement:
Hi! My name is Kelsey. I am a young professional who has always shown an interest in our planet. Growing up in Ontario, I remember that in grade one I auditioned for the part of “Captain Clean Water”. I was new to my school and yet I was able to get up on stage at the assembly and speak to the whole school in both English and French about water conservation. I was dressed up as a water bottle as I talked about turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.
With the first month of school already gone, students at Truro Elementary School have been hard at work in their classrooms and in their garden. On September 20th, their enthusiastic Green Team harvested their school garden. The school’s newly built garden was made possible thanks to a large grant from the Nutrients for Life Foundation. The team successfully grew potatoes, onions and chives! They used their fresh veggies to make some delicious cheesy smashed potatoes.
A school garden not only helps students learn how to grow their own food but also teaches about our human responsibility within living systems, encourages participants to try new foods, and gets students outside.
Thanks to a grant from TD Friends of the Environment, Whycocomagh Education Centre added a new gravel floor in their school greenhouse and purchased shovels and trowels. Teacher Eryn Sinclair was a driving force behind the garden this year. She said,
Now that we are well into the 2018-2019 school year, we would like to share some ideas on how to kick-start your school year on a Green Foot. Whether you have a green team, your administration leads the green initiatives, or there is a classroom who integrates the earth into their curriculum, we hope to inspire everyone to waste less and become more energy efficient this year!