What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Chocolates? Flowers? Red and pink themed stuffies, candy and cards? It is easy to spend a lot of money and create a lot of waste at Valentine’s. Waste from packaging, paper, and plastic are obvious, but there’s also a lot of wasted energy needed to produce all this stuff! It adds up quickly. The waste might seem unavoidable, but the real reason we celebrate Valentine’s Day is love.
Green Schools Stories
The world is watching the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Mme Brown’s class at West Pictou was inspired by the Olympic Games and started an initiative for all students on the lower floor of their building: The Green Team is organizing the first-ever ENVIROlympics!
Pleasant Bay School has been part of the Green Schools community for three years. As of today, there are five students enrolled in this school, from Primary to grade five. The school has changed a lot over the years. Herman Timmons is a fisherman who has lived in Pleasant Bay for his whole life. He attended the school when it first opened in 1947. Back then there were 25-30 students at the school and two teachers who taught all levels, from Primary to grade 11.
Did you know that the Town of Mahone Bay operates the Ellershouse Wind Farm with the Towns of Berwick and Antigonish? This seven-turbine operation was the first wind development in Nova Scotia that was funded and built independently of the provincial power utility or incentives from the provincial government.
I remember well my first engagement with Mme Colette’s Grade five class at École Acadienne de Truro. It was a beautiful sunny morning on November 10th, 2016. It was on this day that I joined a class virtually for the very first time using Google Hangouts. Sitting in front of my computer, I was amazed and excited to be able to virtually visit students in Truro, almost 200km away from my home in Lunenburg, and reduce my ecological footprint.
Petite Riviere Elementary School on the South Shore of Nova Scotia has gone to the birds, literally! With a hope to add more healthy food choices for students, the school has added a flock of laying hens to their schoolyard. From the moment the fertilized eggs arrived, inquiry- and exploration-based learning have flourished on a journey toward understanding our food.