On Thursday, May 16th, Harry R. Hamilton Elementary School had its first Green School’s Engagement. I was welcomed by everyone in the administration and then lead to the library where I was going to be set up for the day. The library was bright due to all the big windows, and the natural light was amazing.
Green Schools Stories
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 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!
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.
Our Engagement Officer Pam Chandler is on the road this spring, visiting schools all over Central and Northern Nova Scotia. During the second week of April, she visited Northport Consolidated Elementary School, a new member of the Green Schools NS community, Wallace Consolidated School, Great Village Elementary School, Debert Elementary School, West End Memorial Elementary School, Junction Road Elementary School, and River Hebert District School!
How Green School Resources are Used Outside of the Classroom
Natalie McMaster, our Engagement Officer in the South Shore recently received a request from a friend who is a professor at Saint Francis Xavier University. Her friend was asked to participate in Connecting Math to Our Lives and Communities (CMTOLC) program.