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Successful Recipients of the ESD Grants for 2012

This year Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning and Manitoba Hydro awarded 16 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 is slated to continue for the 2013-14 school year. The brochures and applications will be available on this website.

The successful applicants are focusing on the following initiatives:

Alonsa School: Compost and Recycling Program

Concerned about the waste that they generate and to reduce their environmental impact Alonsa School is going to address recycling paper and plastic and composting food scraps to produce soil for their community garden. The goal is to provide education on waste reduction and to model good practice to inspire and challenge the community.

Bairdmore School: Outdoor Classroom Project – Imagine, Play, Grow

The students, staff and community of Bairdmore School have collectively dreamt of an outdoor space that is inclusive, accessible to all and inspiring to young minds. They are looking to create an outdoor classroom that incorporates creativity and immersion in nature. Their vision of an outdoor classroom includes: shade trees, a berm , two spiral labyrinths to connect the playground with features like stepping stumps and sand floors, gardening corner, outdoor gallery for art, compost bins, birdhouses and more.

Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institiute: Sustainability Today for a Tomorrow

The goal of this project is to have students from grades 9 -12 look at ways to live more sustainably and create a video on what it means to be “sustainable” and how all can do their part. Concern exists that if we do not make the decision to live in a more sustainable manner today, our future could be compromised. The students will be interviewing educators and students in the school, family members at home as well as individuals in various organizations in the community. Articles may also be written for the various community papers in the area.

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École Garden Grove School: Green Kids Week

A week of activities and presentations by and for Garden Grove students, teachers, parents and community members. Their purpose is to raise awareness of sustainability in daily life. They will also be developing ESD Leaders as Learners for Life with their Action Group. Topics will focus on community and local issues and will include: cultural diversity and cultural awareness with a focus on the changes in their school demographics, energy efficiency, health, consumption and waste management.

École Riverside School: From a Seed to My Supper Project

The “from a seed to my supper” project will involve building a Northern Garden. Students will explore the requirements of growing fruits and vegetables in the North, the design process of building the vegetable boxes as well as the chemistry of growth. Students will learn about the environmental impact (carbon footprint) of their daily meals as well as where the food they eat comes from. A current partnership with a Jamaican School (ISTI) will allow the students to understand the differences in abilities to provide food for ourselves.

Elmdale School: Elmdale School Sustainability Project

Students from Elmdale School and Steinbach Junior High School will partner with residents at a Steinbach nursing home. The purpose of this project is to empower students to make a difference in their community. The students will be encouraged to define the needs of residents at a local nursing home and to determine how they, as youth, can help meet those needs and recognize the elderly in the community as a valuable and important resource. Additionally, students will participate in growing a garden which will help meet the needs of the nursing home residents as well as the local food bank.

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La Barrière Crossing School: La Barrière Crossing School Playground Renewal – Learning Gardens and Stormwater Management

This project would be part of the La Barrière Crossing Playground Renewal project. Students will create and implement learning gardens and rain barrels around the school and develop storm water management to prevent pollution from entering streams, rivers and lakes. Learning gardens provide children and youth with the carefree exploration of the natural world and can also give young people the chance to develop a wide range of academic and social skills including increased nutrition and environmental awareness, increased learning achievement, and life skills.

Landmark Elementary School: Landmark Elementary – Grow to Give

Continuing with the waste reduction initiatives from 2010 and 2011 the next stage of the school journey is to model with students the cycle of using the compost (produced in the vermi-composters, backyard composters and the industrial composting facilities) to grow plants. A greenhouse is being established at the school and students have extended an invitation to Landmark Collegiate Institute students and local seniors to help the students learn about plants and their care, soil, composting and other related curriculum connections. Students will be able to take the plants home to transplant into their gardens and in the fall, produce will be used for making delicious food which will be shared with community members. The fundraising proceeds from this community celebration will be used to support a local and global charity that LES will be involved with through the “WE SCHOOLS” challenge with other schools from across Manitoba.

Lord Nelson School: Outdoor Classroom

Phase 4 of the Outdoor Classroom will take an Aboriginal perspective focus with the addition of a Medicine Wheel . Students are taught the seven Aboriginal Teachings and have Aboriginal perspectives imbedded in daily work. The outdoor Medicine Wheel will provide a space where classrooms can meet with Elders to discuss the role of the Medicine Wheel in Aboriginal culture and traditions. The Medicine Wheel, considered a major symbol of peaceful interaction among all living beings on Earth, represents harmony and connections in the Aboriginal culture.

Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School: Greenhouse, Growing and Community

Students in FACES II (Functional Academic Curriculum for Exceptional Students) will learn about and participate in plant growth/gardening and share with the school/community. Vegetables, flowers and trees will be started from seed while exploring how gardening and growing promotes sustainability in addition to improving the environment.

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Maple Leaf School: Playground

Phase 1 of this project, which the ESD grant will support includes the building of a gazebo which will house art and musical instruments, a hill made of earth, which will provide a safe and natural play area for children, a number of games being painted onto their “cement slab”, tree planting, benches, and a number of free standing structures. In the future phase 2 of the plan includes a mural depicting the theme of taking care of our world painted on the outside wall of the gym, an outdoor classroom which will include terrariums, an area for gathering made of rocks, and a labyrinth.

MacGregor Elementary School: MES Greenspace

One of the main goals of the Grade 5-8 classrooms will be the development of a sustainable green space. The initial stages will include the planning and development with 120 students and their teachers, staff, and community officials and members, and will eventually include all 300 students from the school in various capacities. This initiative fits well with the Social Justice and Sustainable Development Awareness being developed within their classrooms.

Nelson McIntyre Collegiate: The Wolverine Garden Project

The Wolverine Garden project is a comprehensive plan to improve the carbon footprint and sustainability contributions of Nelson McIntyre Collegiate to the school and local communities. It builds on existing improvements such as their sustainable bench project, recent fruit tree plantings, and upcoming herb garden. The Wolverine Garden will be a community garden that benefits the school, community, and non profit organizations in the Norwood area.

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Niverville Collegiate Institute: Full Circle Gardening Project

The goal of this project is to connect students with the food they eat. It will include a school composting program, vermiculture, soil amendment, planting of garden produce in several community garden plots, ongoing plant care, harvesting, cooking, eating (festival) and then back to composting. This project will tap into local as well as regional "experts" to demonstrate that food production can be done at the local level to reduce waste and our carbon footprint ,while providing inexpensive, nutritious and safe produce.

Sigurbjorg Stefansson School: Nature Playground – SSES

This project will create a unique and inviting play environment that would promote physical activity, bring nature into the play experience, offer opportunities to bring learning and the school curriculum outdoors, and create inclusive play opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. The philosophy is to reconnect individuals and students to nature and to transform their existing playground to a provocative, natural, and vibrant play “scape“.

Technical Vocational High School: Summer Solstice Celebration at Tec. Voc. High School

Tec Voc will implement a socio-cultural project that includes the development and celebration of a traditional Aboriginal summer feast to increase intercultural understanding and to display the cultural diversity within their school. Students will also travel to attend community pow wows and local feasts in May and June.

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