MONTREAL, OCTOBER 24, 2008 - On October 10, the EMSB’s 10th anniversary celebrations continued, but this time with a green approach as schools and centres held environment-related activities. From planting trees and flower bulbs, to cleaning up the school grounds, presentations about environmental issues such as recycling and keeping the planet clean and launching school environmental initiatives, there was great enthusiasm shown to this approach.
Here are some of those initiatives:
- The students at Willingdon Elementary School in NDG planted a six-foot tall white pine tree. To commemorate the EMSB’s 10th anniversary, the ceremony took place at 10 a.m. on the 10th day of the 10th month. A student from each class joined the principal and a parent volunteer to conduct the actual planting, straightening, staking and watering of the tree, which was officially named “Willingwood” by the students.
- At Royal Vale School in NDG, the elementary students held a cleanup of the school grounds. The secondary I and III students held an Environmental Awareness Day, in which the teachers urged the students to be more vigilant when it comes to global environment issues, or local environmental issues such as school recycling and cleanliness.
- Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School in Montreal West held an assembly that introduced a composting program that will be run by its cycle 3 students. The program aims to reduce waste and help the environment in the school, as well as produce soil for the flower beds that the cycle 3 students will install next spring.
- Royal West Academy in Montreal West had the students from its Environment Club plant a tree behind the new gym.
- Roslyn Elementary School in Westmount decided to plant tulip and freesia bulbs in their new playground.
- Westmount Park Elementary School unveiled a literacy program with an environmental twist to it.
- Leonardo Da Vinci Elementary School in RDP had its students help the Green Committee by planting and sowing flower bulbs in its front garden.
- Michelangelo School in RDP spent Environment Day planting a Hydrangea tree, along with perennials and 200 tulip bulbs.
- St. Brendan Elementary School in Rosemount conducted a cleanup of the school yard and planted tulips in front of the school.
- Rosemount Technology Centre’s students planted tulips in front of the centre’s building.
- Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount had the students from its Environment Committee plant a tree in front of the school. The process took two days, mainly due to the large slate of rock that was located all around the building, in which the students spent an entire day digging through, so that they could give the tree a suitable home. The students were so inspired by their tree planting efforts, that they announced their intention of planting an entire row of trees in front of the school by the end of the school year.
- Dante Elementary School in St. Léonard planted a small tree, along with bulbs and perennials. Parents helped out in advance by digging up the grass to form the flower beds around the Frank Evangelista Fitness Playground, and donated the flower bulbs.
- General Vanier Elementary School in St. Léonard planted 300 tulips – one from each student – which lined the side of the school building. The tulips had the names of each student.
- John Paul I Junior High School in St. Leonard held a Green Day Extravaganza that was full of environment-related activities. Ten trees were planted in honour of the EMSB’s 10th anniversary, as well as over 700 plants and bulbs. The school launched an improved recycling program and built a huge water bottle from smaller bottles to show how large the impact is when water bottles are consumed. There was also a guest speaker from Distilleau Inc., who spoke about the importance of recycling and the myths/realities of bottled water and pure water. A cleanup of the school grounds took place, as well as the creation and unveiling of a green space. The school also built a 2.5 meter sundial at the base of the green space. Students were also treated to a turkey lunch that was served by the administrators, in exchange for a canned or non perishable food items; as a result, over 650 items were collected and will be donated to Share the Warmth, Second Chance Café and other local organizations.
- Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard had its “Mauvais Herbes” team clean up the school grounds, and minimized the allergic reaction of fellow hay fever sufferers by removing weeds and other offending plants in the immediate neighborhood.
- St. Gabriel Elementary School in Pointe St. Charles held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and planted an evergreen pine tree in front of the school.
- Gardenview Elementary School in St. Laurent held a variety of activities, including a cleanup of the schoolyard and the main entrance, and the planting of daffodils and other floral bulbs. The students also studied a selection of books dealing with the environment, and viewed several videos on the subject.
- James Lyng Adult Centre in St. Henri had its “Recycling Team” plant tulip, daffodil and alium bulbs in its flower bed in front of the school building.
- Bancroft Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students planted a small evergreen tree in front of the school building.
- Dunrae Gardens Elementary School in T.M.R. did a four-day environmental cleanup in the school yard and field from October 6-9.
- Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve embellished the front of the building by planting beautiful tulips which will bloom in the spring. It was a splendid and sunny fall day. Students, staff along with parent volunteers cooperated to make this event a success
- St. Dorothy School in St. Michel created a special perennial garden not only to commemorate the EMSB’s 10th anniversary, but also the students, staff and parents of the St. Dorothy School community. The project was initiated by the Cycle 1 students, and was made possible by donations from Home Depot, Pepiniere Piazza & Gentile, the City of Montreal, and school secretary Tina Stea.