Schools within the Rainbow District School Board will celebrate Earth Day with a number of activities this week, from community clean ups, to litterless lunches, visits to green facilities and participation in the community Green Jobs Fair.
Chelmsford Valley District Composite School
Chelmsford Valley District Composite School will host a school yard cleanup. Grade 10 civics classes will attend the Good Green Jobs Career Conference at the Exhibition Centre April 22.
Lasalle Secondary School
Lasalle Secondary School students will take part in a full day of activities to celebrate the launch of the Specialist High Skills Major in Energy and the Specialist High Skills Major in Business April 22. Some of the workshops will focus on environmental responsibility, energy conservation, power distribution and power generation in conjunction with Earth Day.
A.B. Ellis Public School
A.B. Elllis Public School will participate in a school yard / community clean up on Earth Day. Grade 3 students will plant a tree.
Adamsdale Public School
Adamsdale Public School is promoting garbageless lunches throughout the week. The school will host its Annual Community Clean-up April 22 at 1:45 p.m.
Alexander Public School
Alexander Public School is registered as a volunteer partner of PITCH-IN CANADA WEEK. This year’s campaign theme is OPERATION: Clean Sweep. The program is the largest environmental improvement campaign in Canada. As part of this program, Alexander Public School will challenge students to pack litterless lunches throughout the week. In addition, the school will participate in a neighbourhood wide clean up April 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Central Manitoulin Public School
Students from Central Manitoulin Public School will participate in outdoor environmental curriculum activities April 22. Students will be outdoors from 9:30 am to 11:30 a.m. Students will focus on environmental issues in their classrooms from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Students and staff will participate in the annual community clean up from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cyril Varney Public School
Cyril Varney Public School is celebrating Earth Week. April 19 was Wear Green and Brown Day. There will also be a Paperless Day Challenge to see if the entire school can make it through a day without using new paper. April 20th is Natural Light Day. Varney Victors will conserve energy for the day by not using lights, computers etc.
April 21st is Litterless Lunch Day. Students will bring garbage free lunches by using reusable containers. Food items that can be composted will be returned home and placed in the green bins by students and staff.
On Earth Day, Cyril Varney Public School will host “The Green Corner: A Writing Challenge for the School Newsletter,” answering the following question: “If I could save one thing on planet Earth, I would save …” There will also be a Transportation Challenge with a focus on the following: How do you get to school? Is there an Earth friendly way to do it? Let’s try it.
Students in Grade 3 to 6 will clean up the grounds at the community park. Students will be asked to bring one item from their home blue box to school. They are to work alone or in partners to come up with a way that this item could be reused. Students in JK and SK will clean up the school yard. Parent volunteers are welcome. Students in Grade 1 and 2 will be involved in cleaning out the gardens at the front of the school. They will be given seeds or small plants to plant. Parent volunteers and donations are welcome.
On April 22, students from Gatchell School will spend the afternoon taking part in Earth Day activities. They will listen to an Earth Day story. Following this, they will plant a variety of herbs that they will take home and use in their own kitchens. They will also check on the seedlings that they planted last year on Earth Day. These white and red pine trees will be ready to plant in the school yard later this spring.
Walden Public School
Walden Public School will welcome Grade 10 and 11 students from Lasalle Secondary School who will tour the new green school April 22 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Levack Public School
On Earth Day, Levack Public School will host a litterless lunch contest during both nutrition breaks. Prizes will be awarded to the students with litterless lunches. Students will also weed flower beds, start up the composting program again, clean the school yard and produce art work using recycled materials.
Long Lake Public School
Earth Week at Long Lake Public School began with a school yard cleanup with JK to Grade 12 students April 19. On April 20, Grade 1 and 2 students will produce recycled art. Students have been invited to bring in items that are going into the garbage that can be transformed into masterpieces. JK to Grade 2 and Grade 5 and 6 students will look at how to make a healthy snack. All staff and students will participate in a Litterless Lunch Day April 21. On Earth Day, April 22, JK to Grade 6 students will participate in “build a tree with leaf activities.” Grade 2 to 4 will take part in music activities. Grade 5 and 6 students will host a City Park Cleanup.
In May, Long Lake Public School will build a garden and Grade 5 and 6 students will take part in a landfill recycling excursion.
MacLeod Public School
The MacLeod Public School Roots and Shoots Committee has targeted three goals – Meatless Monday, Trashless Tuesday and Waterbottle Wednesday leading up to Earth Day 2010.
Monetville Public School
Monetville Public School staff and students will pack "Bagless lunches" on Earth Day, April 22. Students will also participate in a Scholastic Book Club reading challenge that will help conserve 50,000 square km of Canadian Boréal Forest just by reading 100 books. The school will also turn off lights from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. to conserve energy.
Princess Anne Public School
All of the staff and students at Princess Anne Public School will pick up garbage in their school neighbourhood on Earth Day from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. An older group of students will clean up the grounds at and near the Caruso Club to show their appreciation for the Caruso Club’s support of school activities. All students will be encouraged to wear green on this go green spirit day.
R.H. Murray Public School
Students at R.H. Murray Public School will clean up school grounds and the surrounding area on Earth Day.
Valley View Public School
Valley View students, teachers and parents will once again plant 100 trees in their school yard during the week of April 19. The school will also collect old batteries. On Earth Day, Valley View Public School will welcome students from Lasalle Secondary School who will tour Northern Ontario’s first green school as part of the launch of the Specialist High Skills Majors in Energy and Business.
Redwood Acres Public School
On April 21, Redwood Acres Public School will host a yard and community clean up. The school garden will also be prepared for planting later in the spring. Redwood Acres Public School will present its second Video Gala on Thursday, April 22 at 9 a.m. Students were challenged to create a three-minute video based on an Earth Day theme. Entries include commercials, skits, public service announcements, puppet shows, original songs and more.