Students of the Environmental Club at Strathclair Community School were selected as the first-place winner of the “Recycle Everywhere - Winnipeg Jets Classroom Recycling Challenge.”
The students of the Environmental Club at Strathclair Community School were selected as the first-place winner of the "Recycle Everywhere — Winnipeg Jets Classroom Recycling Challenge."
Members of the Strathclair Community School Environmental Club sport their new Jets jerseys during a presentation at the school on April 9. Pictured are (L-R): Jeff Mager, representing the Winnipeg Jets and
True North Entertainment; Tim Frykoda, SCS high school science teacher and Environmental Club staff advisor; club members Marika Dewar-Norosky, Bailey Baker, Rachel McTavish, Stephen Kang, Gordon
Sinclair, Kowen Low, Lacey Winstone, Jayce Waddell, Paul Lindgren and Jenna Rystephanuk; Jackie Pedersen, SCS staff member; and Jaclyn Diduck, representing Recycle Everywhere. (SUBMITTED)
There were more than150 school classrooms entered and out of all the entries outside of Winnipeg — which totalled more than 100 — the K-12 Strathclair school demonstrated the best combination of the number of containers recycled within the given week (more than 4,000), and creativity in the picture they submitted (photograph above).
The Environmental Club did a presentation for the kindergarten to Grade 8 students prior to the challenge, which ran from Feb. 24-28, and that really ramped up interest in the contest within the school.
The prize included official Jets jerseys that were presented to the club members on April 9.
The program was sponsored by Recycle Everywhere, a division of the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, and the Winnipeg Jets. Representatives from both organizations were in town for the presentation.
And while the jerseys were presented to those involved with the Environmental Club, they won’t be sporting them as personal trophies.
Due to the great support from the entire school — for example, the middle year students came to help count the containers one day — the Environmental Club students have decided to use the prize to reward and promote recycling within their school.
As a result, club members decided they will track and tally the names of students who they see recycling and enter them into a draw for jerseys — one for each grade!
The Environmental Club at Strathclair Community School is responsible for the school’s recycling program and promoting environmentally responsible thinking among those withinour school and community.
The club was recently nominated for the Park West School Division "Group" Citizenship award in February 2014.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 17, 2014