Eco School status
École secondaire catholique Le Relais in Alexandria is among the 16 area French-language Catholic schools that have earned provincial EcoSchool accreditation recognizing their environmentally friendly practices.
Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien elementary schools in Moose Creek and St-Isidore have also been designated ÉcoÉcoles.
This year, a record number of over 1,900 schools from 58 school boards across Ontario certified as EcoSchools.
The regional school board notes that through large or small gestures, EcoSchool students can make a difference. Students plant trees, hold waste-free lunches, improve recycling programs, conserve energy, and use reusable containers.
The CSDCEO points out that the number of ÉcoÉcoles in its system has jumped from two to 16 this year. In addition to the educational aspect, EcoSchools effect practical changes in altering the habits of children and staff, the board observes. “Together we will change the world, one act at a time,” says director of education François Turpin.
MEMORIAL TREE: Richard Bleile, left, president of Glengarry History, was at Island Park last month to preside over a memorial tree planting done in the memory of Hugh P. MacMillan, a roving archivist who collected much historical material and was the...