Perl­win, Cres­cent win awards

Each school col­lects $2,000 prizes in re­cy­cling con­test

The Compass - - OPINION -

Two schools in the Trin­ity South re­gion claimed $2,000 cash prizes and proved thir com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing the Multi-Ma­te­ri­als Ste­ward­ship Board’s (MMSB) Top Your To­tal School Con­test.

Perl­win Ele­men­tary in Win­ter­ton and Cres­cent Col­le­giate in Blake­town each claimed one of nine ma­jor prizes up for grabs among the roughly 200 schools through­out the prov­ince that took part in the con­test.

Perl­win won a “sil­ver award” for the Avalon re­gion for hav­ing the high­est per­cent­age in­crease of bev­er­age con­tain­ers col­lected dur­ing the month of March.

Cres­cent also took a sil­ver award (Avalon re­gion) for the largest num­ber of con­tain­ers col­lected.

There were four sil­ver awards handed out in each cat­e­gory.

The over­all win­ner was North­ern Lights Academy in Rigo­let.

A im­pres­sive 4.2 mil­lion used bev­er­age con­tain­ers were col­lected dur­ing the con­test, ef­fec­tively re­duc­ing our prov­ince’s car­bon emis­sions by more than 230 met­ric tonnes, which is equiv­a­lent to 210,000 trees.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late all th­ese schools for help­ing pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment,” said Terry French, the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion and the Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for the MMSB.

Launched in March, the Top Your To­tal School Con­test was open to all K-12 schools through­out New­found­land and Labrador. The con­test chal­lenged schools to re­cy­cle more bev­er­age con­tain­ers dur­ing the month of March than their av­er­age monthly num­ber of con­tain­ers re­cy­cled dur­ing the pre­vi­ous school year.

“All of the chil­dren, their teach­ers and those that par­tic­i­pated in the con­test should be very proud of their ef­forts,” added Leigh Pud­dester, Chair and CEO, MMSB.

“In fact, we had such a pos­i­tive re­sponse to the con­test that we de­cided to add an ad­di­tional level of priz­ing for the school in each of the four re­gions of the prov­ince that re­cy­cled the largest vol­ume of bev­er­age con­tain­ers.”

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The MMSB of­fered a gold prize of $10,000 to the school that had the high­est per­cent­age in­crease over their pre­vi­ous Top Your To­tal fig­ure. In ad­di­tion, the MMSB of­fered the top-performing schools from the four re­gions of the prov­ince a $2,000 cash prize, and each school that ex­ceeded their to­tal from last year also re­ceived an ex­tra five cent pay­ment for ev­ery con­tainer above the Top Your To­tal fig­ure.

Through the con­test, the MMSB is mak­ing a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion of more than $600,000 to schools prov­ince-wide.

“Con­tests like this re­in­force ste­ward­ship out­comes that we teach in sci­ence class­rooms where stu­dents from K-12 are en­cour­aged to have a sense of per­sonal and shared re­spon­si­bil­ity for the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Clyde Jack­man, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion. “I want to ac­knowl­edge all stu­dents who took part in this ini­tia­tive and I am con­fi­dent they will con­tinue th­ese ef­forts in their schools, and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Since 2002, more than 120 mil­lion bev­er­age con­tain­ers have been col­lected and di­verted from New­found­land and Labrador land­fills through MMSB’s school re­cy­cling pro­gram and as a re­sult schools have raised more than $12.5 mil­lion in re­cy­cling re­funds and match­ing grants pro­vided by the MMSB.

Schools have rein­vested those funds in a wide range of en­vi­ron­men­tal and ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives. MMSB’s school re­cy­cling pro­gram is one of the largest sources of fundrais­ing for schools through­out the prov­ince.

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