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Successful Recipients of the ESD Grants for 2009

This year Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning and Manitoba Hydro awarded 15 schools grants of $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 is in the process of being renewed for the 2010-11 school year. When prepared the brochures and applications for the 2010-2011 school year will be mailed out to schools and will also be available on ths website.

The successful applicants are focusing on the following initiatives:

Ekfrid School: Environmental Studies

This project will involve students, teachers and members of the colony working together to develop and maintain an area surrounding the new school, to sustain and promote a greener environment and healthier lifestyle in their outdoor classroom.

École Beausejour Early Years School: Water-Building Awareness and Capacity

Students in grade 5 will team to explore, collect data and educate/make recommendations to friends, family and community in the areas of; sources of water, water quantity and quality, uses, threats and health.

École River Heights Middle School: Unsustainable—When civilizations fall-will it happen to us?

In grade 8 the students will be looking at the rise and fall of societies related to sustainable development. The team of teachers will develop a unit that integrates Social Studies, Science and English Language Arts and will implement the unit using parallel integration.

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Gordon Bell School: An Ecosystem in Action

Grade 7 students will be addressing the topics of biodiversity, the water cycle and healthy ecosystems as this project will revolve around the installation of a sustainable ecosystem aquarium in the school.

Hugh John McDonald School: Bicycle Repair and Maintenance

This project will set up an onsite bicycle repair program in the school. Students learn to make repairs on bikes and work to develop a body of bicycle mechanics who can offer their services to the community.

Miami School: Fossil Discovery Centre

High School students from Miami School and Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School are collaborating with the Canadian Fossil Recovery Centre to develop a conceptual design for a portable field station.

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Montrose School: Painting Our Community with Painted Ladies

Students in grade 1 and 2 will create an environment within their school community conducive to the Monarch Butterfly and the Painted Lady. Students will research the life cycle of the two species and specific habitat requirements before adding to the existing school gardens.

Oak Lake Community School: Harvesting the Seeds of Hope

Students from Kindergarten to grade 8 will work with teachers, parents and the community to create an outdoor learning garden. The space will feature the unique landscape of Oak Lake and pioneer heritage and also serve as a quiet refuge. Compost produced by the school will fertilize the garden and vegetables grown there will be shared with the community.

Pinawa Secondary School: Greening Our School Community

Using the courtyard garden as a living classroom, this project helps students learn skills for building a sustainable future by enhancing soil quality, conserving water and introducing alternative energy to heat and light the greenhouse.

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Ralph Brown School: Monarchs in Mexico

This interdisciplinary project will weave together Science, Social Studies, Language arts, Physical Education and Art to introduce students to ancient and modern Mexico. An experiential component of this project will be the development of Monarch Butterfly gardens.

Strathclair Community School: Excursion to RMNP—Land Based Learning

This program will involve students from grade 9 and 10 as they learn more about sustainable development through an outdoor excursion to Riding Mountain National Park. Interpreters and Elders will teach them about the park, the habitats, the animals and the ecosystems and how they have been impacted by human intervention. Students will then investigate how they can make a difference.

Strathmillan School: Vegetable Garden

Grade 2 and 3 students will learn about and experience sustainability through planting, nurturing and harvesting a vegetable garden. They will explore new foods, healthy diets and use the compost they create to nurture the plants. The harvest will be shared in the community with Siloam Mission and Winnipeg Harvest. They will also investigate the benefits of buying locally produced vegetables. They will participate in the Assiniboine Park Conservatory programs “Traditional Ways with Plants” and “Do Plants Have Brains”.

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Victor Mager School: From Earth to Earth

This Kindergarten to Grade 8 initiative will incorporate a whole school approach to creating life and enhancing the natural world through the collection, composting and reusing soils from organic waste produced at lunch and snack time. The soil will be used to plant a vegetable garden and another garden to promote biodiversity.

Vincent Massey Collegiate: Multimedia Public Education Campaign

This project will design and implement a multimedia public education campaign based on four sustainable development themes. Using an interdisciplinary approach the students will administer a survey and based on the results create a public awareness campaign.

Yellowquill School: Virtually No Paper Classroom

The goal of this project is to investigate the feasibility of a paperless classroom and increase and integrate technology in all subject areas. The students will also investigate the impact schools would have on deforestation and landfill sites if schools increased technology in their classrooms.

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