Ferngully

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.