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Successful Recipients of the ESD Grants for 2013

This year Manitoba Education and Manitoba Hydro awarded 22 schools grants of up to $2000 each. The proposals are an excellent example of the dedication and creativity that Manitoba educators and their students exhibit in the field of education for sustainable development. ESD provides a rich portfolio of experiential learning opportunities and it honours whole student growth and development.

The successful applicants are focusing on the following initiatives:

Alexander School: Outdoor Nature Playscape

The school is creating a natural play area for its K-8 population offering arts infused learning across the curriculum.They will provide students the opportunity to work with professional artists on curriculum based projects.

Al Hijra Islamic School: Intercultural Project

This UNESCO school will bring together grade 5 and 6 students to engage in intercultural dialogue, understand and value different cultures and faiths and interact with other students and teachers from diverse cultures.

Arborgate School: Arborgate School Learning Gardens and Storm Water Management

To accompany the recent renovations, they are planning to create learning gardens and a stormwater management system to provide water for the gardens and grounds while taking the strain off storm drainage systems.

Carpathia School: The Learning Garden

To add to the existing 2 raised vegetable and 2 flower beds they are planning to add a raised medicine wheel garden, add prairie grasses and increase the amount of food gardening in their learning garden environment.

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Collège Béliveau: Béliveau Garden

The plan is to increase the amount of organic food gardening in their courtyard for students to use and to continue to use the compost they produce at school and increase the amount of rain water they collect to support the larger garden.

East Selkirk Middle School: Let's Grow

The plan is to increase the existing food gardens to engage more students in the process of planting and harvesting .They will add to the space with benches and a composting initiative.

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École Arthur Meighen School: School Wellness Garden

Understanding that mental and physical wellbeing is improved when students are outdoors and in nature the students will create a garden space which will be used as part of the counselling program.

École Charleswood School: École Charleswood School Cycling Club

The school will establish a cycling club to promote active transportation with the added benefit of increasing personal and environmental health. Road safety, bicycle maintenance and locations of safe cycling trails will be included.

Fisher Branch Collegiate: Landscape Design and Environmental Sustainability

The students will be instrumental in creating a sustainable outdoor classroom investigating agricultural practices, water, waste, composting, habitat and healthy lifestyles.

General Wolfe School: Food for Thought

The students initiated the garden project as a response to food security issues and plan to add prairie grasses and create an environment that engages the community to participate.

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Hamiota Collegiate: Sustainable Development Project

The students will be involved with the local community in an in depth waste reduction initiative around recycling. Students will explore local habitats year round, connecting to artists for photography, painting and sketching. The process will be documented and digital displays will be created.

Hamiota Elementary School: Little Hands, Big World

An interdisciplinary project will have the children act as change agents to promote sustainable practices in their school, homes and communities.

Hazel M. Kellington School: Learning Fair

The Learning Fair will initially be a cultural fair where students learn about many countries and cultures using a passport process and then focus on the new immigrant population to help share and respect the culture of the new students and families.

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Lundar School: Sustainable Wilderness Out Tripping

Students will critically examine the local natural resources and those that are being depleted to maintain our current lifestyles. The students will then go on an 8 day wilderness trip relying on the natural environment and traditional knowledge.

Maples Collegiate Institute: Maples Bike Club

Over an 8 week time frame students will repair bikes for use or to donate to the local community to promote active transportation. They will be guided on bike repair, safety and maintenance.

Miami School: Railway Bridge Design Project

Students will participate in an extensively planned cross curricular collaboration with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre to develop a conceptual design for a sustainable railway bridge that will accommodate the transportation of tools and scientists from one dig site to another.

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Strathclair Community School: The Green Greenhouse Project

A sustainably designed year round greenhouse will be constructed for students, staff, communities of Strathclair and the Keeseekoowenin First Nation.

Virden Collegiate Institute: Adopt A River

In collaboration with the Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District students will focus on the health and safety of the water in Scallion Creek and provide data to river monitoring in Manitoba.

Wapanohk Community School: Community Supported Agriculture Initiative

By reclaiming an unused outdoor space as a food garden, creating a compost site and a green house students and their families will benefit from growing, harvesting, preparing and preserving their own foods.

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Warren Collegiate: School Bike Repair Program

Students will reclaim bikes from landfills, salvage parts and rebuild them for families in the community, promoting active transportation.

Whyte Ridge School: Seeds of Inquiry

They will be adding to an existing outdoor classroom to create a dynamic and active site of inquiry based learning. They will add a collection of tools, thermometers, magnifying glasses etc. to enhance the gardens, pond and compost bins. They will also develop educator resources for the space.

Yellowquill School: Natural Learning and Adventure Spaces

The parent advisory council developed an outdoor recreational and education space using nature as the key element. The school will now add an outdoor classroom space for students.

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