GREEN Schools, an annual Chatham-Kent (CK) Communities in Bloom (CiB) school contest, has once again revealed some excellent initiatives across the municipality.
Similar to the actual CiB competition, the school contest includes a broad spectrum of criteria.
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 commendable efforts at Wallaceburg District Secondary School (WDSS) has earned the school a $100 gift certificate compliments of All Seasons Nursery & Flowers in Wallaceburg, and Chatham’s Queen Elizabeth II Public School received $100 from Sherry’s Perennials in Cedar Springs.
This fall the top two competitors will enhance their schools with their prize money and also trees, compliments of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.
Edwinna Rawlings, a CiB committee volunteer, has lent her expertise to judging the CK CiB School Competition for close to 10 years. This year Edwinna was especially impressed with the students’ composting efforts. WDSS has had a new compact red wriggler worm composter since January and at Queen Elizabeth II the Grade 1 Class demonstrated how they ‘fed’ their composter.
CK CiB volunteers will be highlighting the G.R.E.E.N. Schools contest initiatives to the international CiB judges when they are in CK this July 29-31.