MONTREAL, JANUARY 20 2011 – The environmental committee at Dante Elementary School in St. Léonard has had an extra skip in their step recently as the school captured first place in the Collective Initiative category of the sixth annual “Ca Bouge à St. Léonard” competition, an honour which recognized the school’s Waste Free Lunch Days program.
In addition to being the only school to win an award, Dante also received a cash prize of $5,000 from La Corporation de relance économique et communautaire (CREC) of St. Léonard. Winners of the competition were selected by an independent jury according to the realism of the project, originality, innovation, structure of the project and socio-economic impact.
The Waste Free Lunch Days program began in 2009 and is a weekly initiative which requires the students to pack a lunch with only reusable items, such as washable containers, utensils and cloth napkins. Last year, the same project was recognized by Super C stores, earning the school another $2,000 prize.
Dante is recognized as a Brundtland Green School due to the environmental protection and conservation efforts which take place. In addition to the Waste Free Lunch Days program, from September until the end of November, the school operates a fruit and vegetable composting program.