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Successful Recipients of the ESD Grants for 2015

This year Manitoba Education and Training awarded 21 schools ESD grants with amounts up to $2000 each, for sustainability based action projects . Many schools continue to develop outdoor classrooms and engage in school greening initiatives, where students can interact with nature. Some schools proposed plans to further student engagement, while others sought creative economic solutions that benefit the school and community.

Cecil Rhodes School: The Eco Club

This is a student based program that focuses on educating about reducing our carbon footprint in the local and international community by through a thriving waste management program and development of a community garden.

École Beausejour Early Years School: Green Space Renewal Project

This project will naturalize the school yard with tree stumps, boulders, logs, a sand pit and native plant species to further connect the students to nature and sustainable practices.

École George V School: Compost Corner

Adding to an already extensive composting program, students will be able to grow food, analyze the compost for nutrients and grow flowers that create a habitat for butterflies.

École Opasquia School: Take a Walk through Our Wildlife

This project will complete the school yard naturalization by adding a brick walking path that takes students through the diverse ecology of trees, willow tunnels, and habitat gardens around the perimeter of the playground.

École Riverbend Community School: Medicine Wheel Healing Garden

A Medicine Wheel Garden will be constructed to promote awareness of Aboriginal cultures and serve also as a wellness area, providing an engaging space for students to connect to nature.

École Sun Valley School: Outdoor Garden and Butterfly Project

The school will be putting in raised planter boxes for vegetables, herbs and flowers and raise caterpillar larvae to butterflies. The space will be used to educate and promote healthy living and sustainable living through gardening and biodiversity.

Elkhorn School: Elkhorn School Gardens and Compost

The school is intent on building a system for sustainable food production and will be building a concrete pad for the greenhouse to add to the gardens and composter already on site. The project will also support their waste minimization efforts.

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Elmdale School: Growing to Learn – Research and Radishes

An outdoor learning space will be constructed by staff and students to teach sustainable living, small scale food production in an urban setting and connect to curricular outcomes in science, social studies and health.

Grosvenor School: Empathy through Communication, Collaboration and Problem Solving

This project seeks to develop a framework for sustainable living through empathy and the building of communication and problem solving skills using the 21 Toys program.

Kelsey Community School: Waddle to the Wetlands

The Rosie Mayne interpretive trail will be revitalized and repaired for use as an outdoor classroom and educational kits will be created for teachers to use with their students as they explore the trail.

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Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre: Culinary Arts Garden

The school will help build a “community raised” garden that will play an important role in connecting to the new curriculums in the Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry and breakfast programs in the school.

Minnetonka School: Edible Wall Garden

The front of the school will be covered with edible plants for use in the school and community, with each class contributing to the planting, harvesting, eating and maintenance of the garden.

Roseau Valley School: Composting at Roseau Valley School

To initiate a composting program at the school, indoor and outdoor composters will be purchased and students will be taught how to make wise decisions on waste management. The compost will be used for the raised garden beds as well.

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Samuel Burland School / Glenlawn Collegiate: Human Rights Living Library

Students from both schools will collaborate on presentations on relevant human rights issues that have played an important role in Canada’s history and address some of the present human rights issues in Canada.

Sargent Park School: Outdoor Experiential Learning Space

Unused courtyard space will be revitalized to include a garden, and a composting area maintained by students and space to showcase class art exhibits. Students will have opportunities to learn in an outdoor context, contemplate and reflect in the central gathering space which will have a Medicine Wheel garden.

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Seven Oaks Met School: Metscape

The school will be greening their new campus allowing students to be innovative in developing the gardens on the outside of the building, as well as the plants in the indoor space with a focus on sustainable living.

Shevchenko School: Vegetable and Fruit Garden

The school will work with the community day care to build and maintain a vegetable and fruit garden that will be shared to the benefit of both.

Strathcona School: The Seeds of Change

Students will care for and nurture vegetable seeds grown in the classroom, and then plant them in the community garden where they will tended and harvested in the fall for a community feast. The goal is to encourage students and their families to eat fresh food.

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Vermillion Colony School: Learning Gardens and Storm Water Management

A water management system will be created and managed by students which can be used to sustainably water the learning gardens.

W. C. Miller Collegiate: Working Toward Less Fill in our Landfill

As a result of a waste audit, the school will begin a waste reduction campaign with the goal of reaching zero recyclable or compostable products thrown out. They will deliver their waste reduction campaign to other schools and local businesses, and work with town council to ban single use plastic bags.

West Kildonan Collegiate: Outdoor Learning Classroom

An outdoor classroom will be designed from the existing green space that will be an important space for outdoor learning and help teach students about ecology, environmental stewardship, and Aboriginal perspectives.

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