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Successful Recipients of the ESD Grants for 2010

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. ESD provides a rich portfolio of experiential learning opportunities and it honours whole student growth and development.

This grant program will be offered for the 2011-2012 school year. The brochures and applications will be mailed out to schools and will also be available on this website.

The successful applicants are focusing on the following initiatives:

Alf Cuthbert School: Paper Recycling Program

In an effort to recycle used paper, as there is no community recycling centre, this project will turn it into stationary and greeting cards.

Arborg Early Middle Years School: Student Engagement through ESD

By building a greenhouse, this project will produce plants for school grounds and vegetables as well as use the compost created during the school year. Many community partnerships also will support the project.

Carmen Collegiate: Agriculture: Ecology, Economy and Equity

Students from multiple schools will participate in this project on agroecology supported by partners in local industry, government officials and mentors from the local community. Students will present their projects at a Discover Agroecology field day in Carmen.

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École Morden Middle School: Grade 6 Beautification Project

The grade 6 class will undertake a school yard beautification project with the development of an outdoor classroom at the front of the school.

École Opasquia School: Stream of Dreams

Students will participate in a two-part workshop where they learn about local watersheds through community art using the Stream of Dreams Eco-Education program. The Saskatchewan River and surrounding bodies of water will be included in the study.

École St. Adolphe School: Playground Ecosystem Project

Three gardens and a composting station will be created to develop an outdoor classroom to teach sustainable gardening. The three ecosystems will be: Prairie Grass-Butterfly Garden-Aboriginal Medicine Wheel Garden.

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Hugh John McDonald School: Outdoor Education Mini Course

Students will participate in an Outdoor Education experiential mini course on wilderness conservation. The culmination will be a week long camping trip to the Brokenhead First Nation where they will learn about natural resources and traditional way of life from elders in that community.

Lord Nelson: Lord Nelson’s Outdoor Classroom

This outdoor garden green space will be developed and used for nature based education by creating the following habitats: Boreal Forest, Butterfly Garden, Tall Grass Prairie, Aspen Parkland, Mixed Grass Prairie.

Maple Grove Colony School: The Greening of Our Community

This project seeks to restore several ecosystems in the community destroyed by agricultural practices. Students will rehabilitate the unused farmland by planting trees and flowers they have grown in the greenhouse.

Mel Johnson School: Mel Johnson School Gardening Project

This project starts in the classroom when seeds are planted and then students transfer the seedlings to the greenhouse and then they are taken to all the individual home garden plots. The community has over 50 home based garden plots and one set up by elders. In the fall students are shown how to preserve and cook the vegetables and fruits and they are used in feasts.

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Plum Coulee School: Environmental Studies in an Outdoor Classroom

Students in this early-middle years school will design and build butterfly, bat and bird houses and design posters to educate visitors to this outdoor classroom. Benches and tables will also be constructed and added to the space. Community members will be able to enjoy the space along with students.

Riverton Early Middle School: Geocaching to the Classroom

Students will survey their local environment developing geocashing stations at areas of environmental concern. Students will create a video about the stations and discuss and take action to deal with the environmental issue.

Sigurbjorg Stefansson Early School: Green House Project

This early years school will build a greenhouse for year round use for the students to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables with support from the local community.

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Tec Voc High School: TecVette Electric Car Conversion

Grade 9 students will be endeavoring to convert a 1984 Chevrolet Chevette into an electric drive vehicle which will be much more sustainable to operate.

W.C. Miller Collegiate: Greenhouse Production Project

The Culinary Arts, Home Economics, Building Construction and Science programs at the school will work together to grow organic heritage varieties of vegetables and herbs as well as bedding plants. The produce will go to the on site cafeteria to provide delicious local grown meals and bedding plants to beautify and provide habitat around the school.

Wawanesa School: Community Green House

Students in the Visions and Ventures course will design and construct a greenhouse for the community. They will be in charge of the design process, ordering and caring for the plants and the financial records. Students will examine the economic and environmental differences between organic farming and the use of chemicals.

Wayoata Elementary School: Wayota’s Battery Recycling Project

Students will be collecting used rechargeable batteries from the school and community and developing a battery recycling program. Students will also be involved in educating the community about battery recycling.

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