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.
Green Schools Stories
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:
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!
Since April 22nd happened on a Sunday this year, staff and students at Bible Hill Consolidated School celebrated on Thursday, April 19th. Groups of students visited five different eco-friendly stations, each with a different activity. These five stations included: sorting garbage and recyclables in a recycling relay race, listening to Earth Day stories, working on ecosystem and habitat puzzles, and creating pine-cone bird feeders. What a great day of action to celebrate our Earth!
In the fall, Green Schools NS was invited to spend some time with Kate Whalen’s Primary class at John W. Macleod-Fleming Tower School. We visited this enthusiastic class to talk about energy and the little things we can do to every day to waste less. This spring we were invited back to talk about the importance of Earth Day! On April 17th, our Engagement Officer for the HRM, Amber McMunn, spent the day with students at John W.
The Green Team at Auburn Drive High was ready to make an impact this Earth Day. The Green Schools Engagement Officer for HRM, Amber McMunn, used Google Hangouts to meet with the Green Team on March 6th. At this meeting, the students expressed that they do the clean-up for Earth Day every year and always get the same amount of garbage. This year they didn’t want to just pick up the trash because this would be only tackling the symptoms and not the root problem.