Three Local Schools to Green their Grounds
For Immediate Release
St. Thomas – Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) and the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) have teamed up in a schoolyard tree planting initiative supported by funding from the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund.
Three local schools will green their grounds this Spring including Elgin Court, Mitchell Hepburn and Port Stanley with other classes to take part in the Fall.
“Over 150 students from the local schools will be planting approximately 100 native, large stock trees on their properties to create habitat and provide shade,” explained Betsy McClure, KCCA Stewardship Program Supervisor. “This is a wonderful opportunity to engage students in an action-based, environmentally positive project that will teach the value of trees and provide long lasting benefits to the Kettle Creek watershed.”
“This event provides teachers with an opportunity to create local connections to the Science and Social Sciences curriculum, and offers an opportunity for meaningful hands-on learning for students,” said Erin Mutch, TVDSB Learning Coordinator, Environmental Education and Management.
The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund was established in 2012 to help people take action to protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes. Since then, the Great Lakes Guardian Fund has awarded $6 million to 305 community-based projects in Great Lakes watershed areas.
Planting Event Details
Mitchell Hepburn P.S. – Tuesday, June 7 from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
Elgin Court P.S. – Wednesday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Port Stanley Public School – Thursday, June 9 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
For more information:
Stewardship Program Supervisor
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority