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May 16, 2016 6:20 EST

Building Nature Connection: empower students to take the lead on solving environmental challenges in their communities.

iCrowdNewswire - May 16, 2016

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Building Nature Connection

Markham, ON

 

The goal of this project is to organize two Eco-Fairs at two schools in the school board to empower students to take the lead on solving environmental challenges in their communities.

 

 

What is the problem?

Young people need to feel empowered to take on the environmental challenges they see in their communities. We need them to feel supported and to have the tools and resources they need to educate their peers and be successful.

 

 

How will you solve it?

Through this project we will challenge intermediate students to take hold of at least one issue affecting our local environment and bring it to life in an hands-on/experiential manner in order to educate the community, students from the participating schools and staff about its relevance and how we can support and in some cases decrease what is occurring.

 

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Our Project

The purpose of this project is to engage intermediate students to take hold of at least one issue affecting our local environment and bring it to life in an hands-on/experiential manner in order to educate the community, students from the participating schools and staff about its relevance and how we can support and in some cases decrease what is occurring.

To do this, we will host two Eco Fairs at two schools across our school board. At last year’s event, we had projects that involved the sorting of garbage/recycling/organics, how to remove or decrease or eliminate pollution from local water and what are invasive species and why are they harmful.

As per last year, there was much media buzz around the event. We were able to bring in schools, staff, Eco-Teams and community members from across York Region. The twittersphere exploded with much discussion. As well, a piece of this project was the pre/during/post activities that were provided to participants. Many asked when we would be able to do this again and that it was so relevant and hands-on that people could easily take away and do this on their own.

 

 

Our Budget

  •  $250 – Materials for Eco-Fairs
  •  $500 – Transportation for students to Eco-Fairs and events
  •  $250 – Organization and set-up for Eco-Fairs

 

 

Why Building Nature Connection?

The funds raised from this will be used towards the acquiring of resources for the purposes of organizing two Eco-Fairs at two schools in the school board. On April 20th, Milliken Mills High School, working with EcoSpark, is hosting a ‘Take It Outside’ Day. Aldergrove PS has been tasked with the organization of the Eco-Fair portion. My current students will be creating hands-on exhibits that will be on display with the other Eco-Partners. The themes/topics of these projects is associated with the Ecosystems strand in grade 7 and the Water Systems strands in grade 8. We will need to acquire certain materials and resources for these projects. As well, some of this funding may be used for student transportation and possible teacher release. We are also involved in the second annual Building Nature Connection event which is scheduled to take place at L.H. Frechette PS in Thornhill on June 9th. The first event was held at Aldergrove Public School last spring to a great success. The first event is for my own homeroom class and the second event will be open to all three intermediate classes at my school in order to complete their projects.

 

 

Contact Information:

Elementary School - York Region District School Board

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