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.

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