Green Schools Stories

I have been waiting all summer with such anticipation to finally visit the Indian Point Young Naturalist Club site in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia. Scott Pelton, leader of the camp, invited me to present about energy efficiency during the summer camps after he had attended a presentation in the area.

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Over the summer, you may be wondering, what does the team at Green Schools Nova Scotia do? Well, we are not bored! We are always making connections with our community and sharing information about energy efficiency and wasting less.

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Last month, the Green Schools NS Engagement Officer Amber McMunn visited Springvale Elementary to discuss all of the ways the students can waste less. Lee Anne Weber’s Primary students and Stephanie Lynch’s Primary/One students excitedly shared their stories about their efforts to help the Earth by getting outside and growing vegetables in the Springvale school garden. Primary teacher Lee Anne Weber runs the garden with her students.

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Valley Elementary School, located just outside of Truro, might be a small school, but they are mighty green! The school has been caring for the environment for a long time. The school joined the Green Schools Nova Scotia community in the fall of 2017 and have been full steam ahead with initiatives to waste less ever since. The student Green Team has been very busy this year and has been supported through it all by grade four teacher Ms Kimberly Aarts.

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Thanks to the inspiring videos from Andrea Leslie’s Grade 2/3 class at Windsor Elementary, Canadian Environment Week was not forgotten this year in Nova Scotia!

After attending a Professional Development Day on Project-Based Learning, Andrea was motivated to give it a try. The two main guiding principles for Project-Based Learning are that students pick the topic and the topic applies to their community. The learning starts with questions so Andrea asked the students:

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Riverside School just joined the Green Schools community this winter and we are happy to have them on board! This school, located just outside Sydney, has participated in the Plastic Bag Grab Challenge for the past two years, and this spring was no exception. Students collected single-use plastic bags and brought them to school. They really added up! This little school collected a whopping 31 607 bags!

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