Chatham-Kent’s 11th annual Communities in Bloom (CiB) school contest has revealed numerous excellent initiatives growing in various schools across the municipality.
Three Chatham-Kent (CK) schools; A.A. Wright Public School and Wallaceburg District Secondary School in Wallaceburg and Lambton Kent Composite School in Dresden were all awarded a top 5 BLOOM rating (82% – 100%) in this year’s G.R.E.E.N. Schools Competition (formerly known as ‘Schools in Bloom’)!
They have each won a $100 gift certificate with which to further enhance their school properties, compliments of Ross’ Nurserymen in Chatham, All Seasons Nursery and Flowers in Wallaceburg and Sherry’s Perennials in Cedar Springs respectively.
All competitors will also receive a schoolyard tree in time for planting next fall compliments of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.
Competitors were recently evaluated during a physical tour of their school as well as on submissions that illustrated their efforts in each of these five categories:
G – Greening & Gardening in Schoolyard
R – Recycling & Conservation Activities
E – Educational Link to the Environment & Outdoors
E – Engagement of Staff & Students in Community
N – Neat & Tidy Efforts
The CiB committee members who volunteered to judge this year were especially impressed with the 2013/2014 school year entries. Edwinna Rawlings has lent her expertise to judging the CK CiB School Competition for close to 10 years now and she noted that this was by far the highest caliper of entries yet.
Rawlings said, “The level of activities and quality of education seen at these schools will give the students attending there such an advantage in life!”
These many outstanding G.R.E.E.N. Schools initiatives will be proudly highlighted to the international CiB judges when they visit Chatham-Kent from July 26-29.
It will assist the CK CiB committee in showcasing that our whole community; its residents, businesses, service groups, youth and the municipality all care for the environment, preserve our heritage assets, as well as strive for excellence in overall beautification and tidiness of Chatham-Kent throughout the year.