By Lindsay Briscoe
For the third year in a row, Golden Learning Centre is among five schools in the Keewatin Patricia District School Board to achieve Ontario EcoSchools status and is one of two in the board to achieve a gold star for its achievements once again.
The certification means the school has made progress in four key areas: energy conservation, waste minimalization, ecological literacy and school ground greening.
“We had an extra special plan this year: That each class would do a special gardening project,” said Nancy Phillips, GLC librarian and one of the staff to lead the way in achieving certification. “It could be planting, cleaning up the garden area, watering, compost moving, sign painting, fence art…all of those jobs are done and they were done by students, teachers and helpers at GLC.”
This year GLC added an outdoor classroom and garden to the area beside the visitors’ parking lot where nearly every student in the school helped out. Teachers, parents and support staff all played an active role in maintaining EcoSchools status by working both inside and outside the classroom.
“We have Mr. Beckman on maintenance and Mrs. Maigle and Mrs. Poje on cleaning staff and they do a lot of stuff that we don’t even see or know about but they have been on board and they get stronger in what they do every time. I found out yesterday that our board – every cleaning product we buy is eco-friendly.”
GLC has set up an Ecolife Blog spearheaded by teacher Mrs. Parrish – a place to keep readers up to date on the green goings-on at the school and to share news about the school’s projects and achievements. Under the guidance of Ms. Cianci students have also created a video featuring the EcoSchools journey over the last three years. Links to both projects will be available on the school website shortly: www.goldenlearningcentre.com.
Schools in more than 44 boards across the province have achieved EcoSchools status.