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Successful Recipients of the ESD Grants for 2017

This year Manitoba Education and Training awarded 22 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.

Archwood School: Indigenous Sustainability: Enough, For All, Forever

Students in grades 4-6 will learn about indigenous approaches to sustainability through activities such as traditional aboriginal games, field trips, and creating garden boxes for plants.

Arthur A. Leach School: Sustainable Storm-Water Management System and Outdoor Classroom

The school will plant a garden of deep-rooting plants to address the problems of water runoff in the school playground, as well as purchasing benches for an outdoor classroom.

Black River Adult Education Centre: Traditional Bush Knowledge of the Ojibwe

The centre is working to reclaim the traditional identities as Anishinabe and they will investigate the importance of their watersheds by canoeing and researching as well as creating plans to restart wild rice harvesting in the area.

École Guyot: School-Wide Composting

A school-wide composting program will be initiated to benefit the student gardening and environmental clubs, who will also assist in maintenance and conducting waste audits. Students will share their knowledge with the school community and parents, encouraging them to compost as well.

École Van Walleghem: Growing Circle

The school will enhance the compost program and compost collection, and build an indoor multi-level growing table, to facilitate the food production of the school’s multi grade level Growing Circle Club.

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Frontier Collegiate Institute: Food for the Future

The grant will help fund a student-built greenhouse, and then utilize the space for sustainable food production. The school seeks to share the harvest with the local community.

Frontier Mosakahiken School: Classroom Garden Projects

Each classroom will make use of a garden pod, where the growth of vegetables will be monitored and connected to sustainable and healthy eating habits.

General Vanier School: Indoor Community Garden

The school will acquire an indoor classroom greenhouse that both develops student’s understanding of food production but also produces healthy food to be used in a school feast.

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Gillam School: Community Garden Water Sustainability

Students will use collaborative goal-setting and grade appropriate activities and tasks to help build an irrigation system for the school’s community garden.

Hapnot Collegiate: Hapnot Plant Club

The school will purchase grow light stations and enhance the Plant Club’s planting, nurturing, and harvesting plants for local schools and food banks.

Henry G. Izatt Middle School: Pollination Learning

Six raised planters will be constructed, emphasizing environmental stewardship and the connection between human food production and pollinators.

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Island Lakes Community School: Green Action Team

Working with Green Action Centre, the school will start a club that performs waste audits, present findings to the parent advisory council, introduce vermicomposting, and use compost towards future gardening opportunities.

King Edward Community School: Community Garden

The school will build a Three Sisters garden, which will be planted and harvested by the students using the compost created by the school.

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Machray School: Outdoor Teaching Garden

The funds will go towards several ESD initiatives, including a vermicomposting program, garden boxes with native plants, painting a garden mural, and other cross-curricular learning activities under the theme of sustainability.

Neil Campbell School: World Peace Game

Supplies will be purchased for the “World Peace Game”, an interactive simulation that involves students making decisions that address worldwide economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Norquay School: Our Gitigaan: Partnership Gardening Initiative

The school will work to construct raised garden boxes for native and food plants, which will be harvested and maintained in partnership with Boys and Girls Club over the summer months.

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Principal Sparling School: Community Learning Garden

An outdoor learning space will be constructed with help from the school Enviro Club, complete with benches and tables to facilitate group discussion and an appreciation for nature.

R. D. Parker Collegiate: Fish and Food for Life

An aquaponics system will be built at the school, to cultivate vegetables and support the growth of fish to the benefit of the students and surrounding community.

Ryerson Elementary School: Bringing Sustainable Practices into the Classroom

An indoor gardening tool called Click and Grow will give students of all grade levels the opportunity to explore and learn about plant growth, agriculture, and food production technology.

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St. John’s High School: Courtyard Garden

Teachers and their classes from various subject areas will work in tandem to build an outdoor education space in front of the school, as well as increase the use of the existing courtyard in the school.

Wawanesa School: Garden Box Project

Classes in the school will be partnered up to plant and maintain 3 new garden boxes, to create produce for the culinary and free fruit and vegetable program.

Weston School: Turtle Island Garden

A community garden in the outline of a turtle’s back will be constructed, to incorporate aboriginal perspectives and sustainable learning experiences for each classroom.

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