“The spirit of the day for students was networking, connecting, celebrating, inspiring, and being inspired,” explained Aaron Puley, consultant for parent and student engagement.
At the Ecofair, students also made an environmental pledge for the coming year, writing their commitment on a leaf which was then posted to a communal EcoTree. So that every student could share in their preferred way, students could type, speak, video blog or share in other ways via traditional and new media such as laptops and tablets.
An interesting twist at the Ecofair was that all of the activities and comments were captured online and will continue to grow on the HWDSB EcoSchools blog. The site’s content already includes photos and video, and students will continue to add more of their thoughts after the fair. Check out the continuing discussion online here.
The blog is intended to extend the learning beyond the event, which is important especially when you see the long list of comments students had when asked about initiatives they saw that they’d love to do at their home school.
Students commented online about what their own schools have done:
Students proudly commented online about what their own schools have done: “We made a refill station for water bottles”; “(Sir Wilfrid Laurier) has done many things. One example would be that we have cut down energy usage by a miraculous amount”; “We worked in the Learning Gardens to save the grasslands”; “Started recycling more”; “At Cathy Wever, we have Team Up to Clean Up where we clean up our yard and the local park.”
They also wrote about inspiring activities they learned from other schools that they would like to initiate next year: “I would like to use the idea of the bike racks”; “We can do an energy hog and weekly golden bin”; “I like the idea of having a fashion show (idea from Queen Victoria )". Also liked the marsh kits (Ancaster Meadows).”
“The day was a thoroughly engaging experience for all involved, students and teachers alike, and we look forward to next year where we will evolve and grow in support of the HWDSB Environment Policy and engaging experiences for all of our students,” said Superintendent Pat Rocco.