|EMSB DISTRIBUTES GREEN AWARDS, RECOGNITION PRIZES AND GRANTS FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR|
MONTREAL, MAY 10, 2016 - For the fifth consecutive year, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has handed out Green awards and grants to different schools, this time worth $30,250.
The EMSB Green Plan Committee received and reviewed many submissions, which reflected the Green Action Plan of various schools. The aim here is to help schools, centres, and the Administration Building implement and fund future environmental initiatives ensuing from their action plans.
Green awards of $750 were awarded to St. Monica Elementary School in NDG to start a Garden Composting Program (Pillar 3); Westmount High School in Westmount for their Compostable Cafeteria Dishes project (Pillar 3); Dalkeith Elementary School in Anjou for creating their Edible Schoolyard (Pillar 2); Hampstead Elementary School in Hampstead for growing the Hampstead School Garden (Pillar 2); and Mile End School in Montreal for the Mile End Vegetable Garden (Pillar 1).
Green grants in the Oak Category of $3,000 were awarded to Focus School in NDG for the Focus Community Garden; Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North for Beautifying and Upgrading the Main School Entrance; Laurier Macdonald High School in Saint-Léonard for their Eco-Laurier project; Pierre Elliot Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount for their School Wide Compost; Royal Vale High School in NDG for the Bee Hive project; and St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles for their Junior Yard.
Also in the Oak Category, Carlyle Elementary School in Town of Mont-Royal received $2,800 for their Outdoor Classroom Garden Project, while Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount was awarded $2,500 for the Green Space at VMC initiative.
Green grants in the Maple Category were awarded to Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North in the amount of $1,000 for their Community Garden & Embellishment of School Grounds project; and to John F. Kennedy High School in St,. Michel in the amount of $1,600 for the JFK Bee Hive project.
Green Grants in the Willow Category were awarded to John Paul I High School in Saint-Leonard in the amount of $500 for The “Away” Project; and Parkdale Elementary School in Saint-Laurent in the amount of $100 for Collecting Rainwater.
Students at St. Monica Elementary School are excited to get started in the fall with their garden composting program. Ryan Oxley, Green Initiatives advisor for B.A.S.E. Daycare Services, will train senior St. Monica students on how to compost. These students will in turn teach all students from Pre-K to Grade 6 how to do it. Students will be composting everything consumed at the school.
Lester B. Pearson High School will be using their $3,000 grant to beautify and upgrade the main school entrance, which has not been updated for 40 years. Volunteer landscaper Paolo Paluzzi will work with the school’s Green Committee, the administration, and parent volunteers to lay new grass, and plant shrubs and perennials around the school’s entrance. Students will learn how to turn the soil, plant and take care of the new landscape. All this will begin after school hours from May 24 to 27, 2016.
St. Gabriel Elementary School will use their $3,000 grant to green the south east side of their school. They will remove 30 feet of asphalt and replace it with bushes. This will complement the environmentally friendly projects that the school has already completed with funding from previous Green awards, including the indoor oasis, and turning the schoolyard into a park. Bushes will be chosen with the assistance of Eco-Cartier. Grades 3 and 4 students will be planting, and learning how to take care of the bushes, from watering to pruning and covering them in order to protect them from the cold of winter. Jim Daskalakis, principal of St. Gabriel, explains how these Green projects affect the students. “They are excited to see their environment change,” he says. “They are learning that we are on a living planet and that they have to take care of it."
“The EMSB would like to congratulate all the schools that continue to demonstrate their dedication and creative abilities in an effort to remain environmentally conscious,” stated EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini.
Michael J. Cohen