Eco School sta­tus

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHARD BLEILE

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...

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