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Anderdon Public’s eco-team receives platinum status

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Anderdon Public School’s eco-team has traditionally done well but now they’ve topped themselves.

The school has now achieved platinum status through Ontario Eco-Schools, up from the gold status the Middle Side Road elementary school achieved last year. Anderdon Public won gold from its eco-team’s inception in 2008-09 through 2011-12, dropped to silver in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and reclaimed gold the last two years but decided to go even higher this year and it worked.

“It’s the first time we applied for platinum,” said teacher Jodi Nolin, who leads the eco-team.

Nolin said they had to do a yearly plan to map out the whole year.

“For every initiative we did, we had to provide documentation,” said Nolin.

Energy conservation initiatives included “lights out lunches” and reducing the use of electricity where possible with the school also changing to more energy efficient hand dryers in the washrooms this summer. Waste management projects included banning plastic water bottles and replacing them with reusable bottles, recycling markers among the other materials the school recycles and greening the school yard.

“A big part of greening is maintenance,” said Nolin, adding a butterfly garden or a native species garden is in the works.

The curriculum included environmentally-themed components with that including various different subjects. Field trips were held to teach about biodiversity, said Nolin, with the Grade 8 students also doing a major water project.

Anderdon also practiced environmental stewardship as Nolin pointed out they worked to send 4,000 books to a library in Zambia, Africa and participated in a milk bag drive in conjunction with a Harrow church.

“It helps to keep items out of the landfill,” she said.

Anderdon Public School’s eco-team helped the local public elementary school earn platinum status from Ontario Eco-Schools. It is the first time Anderdon has achieved the designation.

Anderdon Public School’s eco-team helped the local public elementary school earn platinum status from Ontario Eco-Schools. It is the first time Anderdon has achieved the designation.

The school also held a “boomerang lunch” program where items that were garbage were sent home with the students to encourage less waste. Nolin said buying in bulk instead of single-serving can help cut down on garbage. Other initiatives included a “sweater day” in the winter where students were encouraged to wear sweaters while the heat was turned down.

The students were pleased with their efforts.

“Everyone really committed to it,” said Jaymz Bailey. “We’re leaving a lighter footprint.”

“I feel really good,” said Makenna Chekansky about the platinum status with Sophia Aspila adding “this is amazing. I am so happy. We’ve done a lot of stuff to get this.”

“We put in a lot of effort to make the future better,” said Danica McGorman with Athena Lazanja also noting the school put in a lot of time.

Recycling and garbage programs helped, the students added, with Larry Stainer adding they have to improve in terms of not mixing up what recyclables go in what box.

“I think my class has done pretty good,” added Jack Prieur. “We’ve done way better than at the beginning of the year.”

Eco-team presents “Ferngully” as outdoor film fundraiser

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was an unseasonably cool night but about 30 hearty souls came to Wigle Park April 21 for a fundraiser for the General Amherst eco-team.

The eco-team showed the movie “Ferngully” outside the school with a barbecue also on hand as an attempt to raise additional funds. The team marketed the movie through newspaper ads, stories as well as fliers in local businesses and the library.

“This event is to make us known to Amherstburg and to get the eco-team out there,” explained team leader Linden Crain. “We work hard and we want to get exposure for our club.”

The General Amherst eco-team held an outdoor movie night at Wigle Park next to the school.  Roughly 30 people turned out to watch the film “Ferngully.”

The General Amherst eco-team held an outdoor movie night at Wigle Park next to the school. Roughly 30 people turned out to watch the film “Ferngully.”

Proceeds from the outdoor movie night went to Ojibway but Crain explained the eco-team has other initiatives planned as well, including bringing in a guest speaker to address the entire student body.

The evening generated a total donation of $124.80.

General Amherst also holds waste-free lunches once a month with the eco-team giving prizes. There are also classroom audits with incentives for the top classes as well.

The crowd of about 30 people watch the movie "Ferngully" next to General Amherst High School April 21.

The crowd of about 30 people watch the movie “Ferngully” next to General Amherst High School April 21.

The eco-team received a $1,500 grant at the start of the year from Eco-Schools due to its environmental initiatives, which also includes the installation of water filling stations. General Amherst is at a bronze level for its environmental projects and Crain said they are aiming higher.

“Our hope is to be at gold or silver for next year,” he said.

Outdoor movie night coming to General Amherst High School

 

By Danica Skakavac

Earth Day is fast approaching and with it comes new and exciting events held all across the town of Amherstburg to celebrate it and recognize our need to take care of the environment.

The eco-team at General Amherst High School is putting a new spin on it this year, deciding to host an outdoor movie night at General Amherst Friday, April 21 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They will be showing the movie “Ferngully” in front of the baseball diamonds, as well as selling snacks such as pop, chips, candy and a barbecue.

Admission is $1 but guests may also pay with reusable electronics, like old phones or batteries. The school’s eco-team hopes to see as many as 50-100 people come out and support the cause this Friday night.

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All proceeds will be donated to Ojibway Park.

“Our main goal for this event is to provide our community with a better understanding of what our eco-team has to offer,” says the eco-team leader Linden Crain. “We are a non-profit group willing to share our ideas and movement to make our Earth a better place.”

Donation bins will be surrounding the baseball diamond for electronic drop-offs. Crain asks that if any ink cartridges are donated, make sure they are not leaking. Many gifts such as t-shirts and stickers will be given out.

“We hope to show students and young children that what we do with our waste can affect the environment around us,” Crain says.