Check out our Milk Bag Mattresses! Mattress Photos link. Our recycled creations will be donated to Doctors without Borders for surgical mats, medical supply packing and for people in under developing countries to sleep on. A huge thanks to the Montini Family for building us the 8 weaving frames and donating the cost of supplies (Granpa Michele in particular)!
What does it mean to be an Eco School? In June 2016, Stewarttown became a certified Eco-Gold by the EcoSchools network. In the past five years, our school has climbed from Bronze to Silver to Gold due to efforts of a strong student Green Team and school leadership. The Director of Education congratulated us stating, "I know this is a significant accomplishment that involves school-wide teamwork and leadership on the part of students, staff, and community members; energy conservation; waste minimization; school ground greening; environmental lessons and field trips directly connected to The Ontario Curriculum; and/or environmental stewardship projects and events. I commend your efforts and wish you continued success in your work with all aspects of environmental and sustainability education."
Please continue to save your can tabs, milk bags and used markers for our environmental stewardship projects. The tabs are saved to buy a wheelchair, the milk bags are used to make mattresses for underdeveloping countries and the markers are recycled by Crayola. Every week, our students do compost audits and assess each class on how well they compost without contaminants in the green bins. The students also do energy and waste audits. In 2015-16 and continuing today, all classes reduced their waste substantially by using a smaller garbage can instead of the large ones used for years. More waste was diverted to blue and green bins and the custodian noted financial savings too for garbage bags.
The Greening Project is now underway with the creation of a Butterfly Garden and more trees and shrubs being planted. Earth Week and Environmental Awareness and Stewardship are key pillars of the mandate of the Green Team and the whole school must work very hard to keep the GOLD status. Families can get involved by saving our recyclable items mentioned above, donating funds towards our Greening Projects (planting indigenous shrubs and tress) and helping us hydrate the plants in the summer months.
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