Just in time for fall planting, Chatham-Kent’s top two ‘green’ schools in the 2014/2015 G.R.E.E.N. Schools Competition received their prize money and also trees, compliments of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority.
The commendable efforts at Wallaceburg District Secondary School (W.D.S.S.) has earned them a $100 gift certificate compliments of All Seasons Nursery & Flowers in Wallaceburg, and Chatham’s Queen Elizabeth II Public School received $100 from Sherry’s Perennials in Cedar Springs. Both schools are looking forward to further greening their school properties with their gift certificate money!
Similar to the actual Communities in Bloom (CiB) competition, the annual school contest (formerly known as ‘Schools in Bloom’) includes a broad spectrum of criteria. Competitors are evaluated during a physical tour of their school as well as on submissions that illustrated their efforts in each of these five categories:
G – Greening & Gardening in Schoolyard
R – Recycling & Conservation Activities
E – Educational Link to the Environment & Outdoors
E – Engagement of Staff & Students in Community
N – Neat & Tidy Efforts
Congratulations to the staff, teachers, students, and families of this year’s top schools! This summer’s international CiB judges were very much impressed by your outstanding G.R.E.E.N. Schools initiatives!
If you would like to enter your school for the current school year, just let us know what great things you have going on in the five G.R.E.E.N. Schools judging criteria! It’s simple. Start collecting information and taking pictures now to be ready for the mid-May, 2016 deadline!
Applications are available through Chatham-Kent Communities in Bloom by visiting www.chatham-kent.ca or by calling 519.360.1998.