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Successful Recipients of the ESD Grants for 2008

This year Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning and Manitoba Hydro awarded 17 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. This grant program will be continued for the 2009-10 school year. The brochures and applications for 2009-2010 will be mailed out to schools in the fall of 2009 and will be available on line as well.

The successful applicants are focusing on the following initiatives:

Arborgate School: Growing Together

This is a kindergarten to Grade eight initiative that includes all members of a diverse school community. The staff and students will work together in multi-age groups to create ,plant and tend gardens throughout the town of La Broquerie to increase awareness of the school and promote community relations.

Boundry Lane Colony School: Self Irrigating Water System

Staff and students will create a sustainable watering system for the colony four acre garden using rainwater collected from each house and an irrigation system dispersed through the garden. The garden supplies fruits and vegetables throughout the year to the colony and the system is economic and develops sustainable gardening practices.

Brock Corydon School: Multicultural Heritage Garden of Peace

A portion of the school grounds will be dedicated to becoming a Heritage Peace Garden.
Through staff and student connections to other students around the world, they hope to design elements that illustrate environmental interdependence and promote mutual understanding and peaceful conflict resolution through the choice of vegetation that will flourish in the garden.

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École Lansdowne: The Global Village Project

By starting with an in school assessment of recycling, littering, vandalism, bullying and inclusion students will begin program to create a school environment that “cares”. They will then extend their experiential learning to the local community with humanitarian work and finally focus on actions that impact the global community.

École Selkirk Junior High: World Issues

The study of world issues is critical for helping students make informed decisions about their own beliefs and ideologies and aid them in becoming socially responsible world citizens. This project was generated from a session involving at-risk youth discussing ways that school might become more meaningful to them. Examples of student activities involve contributing to community service initiatives and work with community partners to examine the issue of homeless youth.

Hastings School: All About Me: Sustaining My Health

Hastings School will team up with St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre (SBRC) to explore the connections between their classroom learning and biomedical research in the community. Topics include hearts, lungs, eyes and brains with respect to heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer disease. The goal is to have students make meaningful connections so that they adjust their habits in order to sustain long-term health.

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Henderson Elementary School: V.I.P. (Very Important Parks) Project

Henderson students will be working collaboratively with each other as well as the community at large to address issues related to the central city-owned Vermillion Park. Vermillion Park is a public space used by many people in Dauphin as well as visitors, for recreation, camping and other functions. Students will examine consumption and waste management, addressing issues of vandalism as well as natural resources and preserving habitat for plants and animals.

Linden Meadows School: The Sacred Lake

Grade six students will produce a documentary on issues facing water quality in Lake Winnipeg and other lakes in Manitoba. They will investigate consequences to fish stocks, wildlife and the socio-economic well being of aboriginal communities dependent on the fishing industry. Their goal is to make recommendations and attempt to appeal to all Manitoba citizens to act responsibly in the preservation of our lakes and communities.

Margaret Park Community School: The Greening of Margaret Park Community

Students of Margaret Park Community School will be learning about their immediate environment through gardening, recycling, cooperation and collaboration with community members and developing an overall understanding and appreciation of aboriginal perspectives concerning use of land.

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Matheson Island School: Solar vs. Wind Power

Students will construct a prototype cabin powered by solar/ wind power. They will determine if this technology can be used in the cabins people occupy while they are on their trap lines. It would also be an alternate source of power that would be an effective during power outages. The experience of planning and constructing the small structure will be excellent work experience for the students as they explore this sustainable source of energy.

Niji Mahkwa School: Green Space for Mother Earth

Students will design blueprints for a space on their school grounds where they can create a circular seating area for sharing circles, smudging, ceremonies and use as an outdoor classroom. Through the importance and sacredness in respecting all living things, we will be connected to Mother Earth. The space will be environmentally friendly and incorporate as many natural resources as possible.

Parkland Elementary School: School Garden Project

Parkland students will be creating a garden in the front of the school that depicts the landscape, flora and fauna and landmarks of Canada. The garden will be divided into five Canadian regions; The North, Maritimes, West Coast, Prairies and the Shield. Students will draw from their studies aspects of Canadian landforms, cultures, weather and history as they design and plant the gardens.

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Pilot Mound: Case Studies of "Biodiversity" in the Rural Environment

Examples of case studies that would be incorporated into lesson plans:

  • A diverse plot of “farmed –out” land could produce more energy per unit of input energy than corn or soybeans grown in a monoculture.
  • The role of weeds on a local farm (value of biodiversity)
  • Calcification of soil as a result of draining marshes (effects of decreasing diversity)
  • Examination of an old forest in which biodiversity thrives and the economic implications of delaying its conversion to farmland.

St. Charles Catholic School: St.Charles Growing Together

St. Charles school will be constructing a greenhouse to be utilized by the students for growing plants to be shared with the community or sold to support worthwhile causes. The greenhouse will be the hub for composting, growing native Manitoba plants and maintaining ecosystems to support hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Students will also explore advertising and sustainable packaging of items for sale or donation.

Teulon Elementary School: Worms Eat Our Garbage

Students are actively composting on a small scale at the school but would like to increase their composting capabilities. They will visit a composting farm to observe various ways of composting yard waste. The goal is to compost food and yard waste at the school by incorporating the appropriate methods. Collaborating with the local Seniors' Resource Council, students will help to build a three bin composting unit. Compost produced will be used to enrich soils used for plants around the school.

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Weston School: The Greening of Weston School

An interdisciplinary approach to nutrition, recycling, water and waste reduction, indoor classroom gardens, school greening projects will be the focus for students of Weston School. Students will explore ways they may become environmental ambassadors for the school and community. A focus of their initiative will be contributions of Aboriginal people through art, a storyteller and a dramaturge. Facilitators from Prairie Theatre Exchange will work with students to create  environmental awareness through drama.

Whitemouth School: Respecting the Land

Native plants, organic gardening and Aboriginal connections to the land will be the focus of the Whitemouth School project. Learning from Elders teachings about sacred uses of the land and plants, students will collaborate to create a permanent native plant bed, growing and harvesting the crops to support the local food bank.

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