Earth Day 2016

Off through the woods behind the school looking for litter to clear.

On Earth Day, students in grades one to eight took part in the Burlington Green’s “Clean Up Green Up” by collecting litter at the school and around our neighbourhood. Our City of Burlington councillor, Paul Sharman, dropped by to help too!

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The grade one and eight student team was helped by Councillor Paul Sharman, seen here with teacher Tim Brow.

For eight years, HWS has been an active participant in this event thanks to the dedication of parent Barbara Frensch and teacher Tara Thornton. Barbara not only helps to organize the school but also increased the event’s impact by asking for recycle collection bags to be provided to all participating groups across the city. Here at the school, we also use compost bags and sort all the litter to reduce the amount that goes to landfill.

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Teacher Tara Thornton and parent Barbara Frensch – amazing dedication!

For the past eight years, students and teachers have cleaned up these areas: Brada Park; Orchard Road from the school south to and including trail from Blue Spruce Avenue to Upper Middle Road; forest trail behind our school east to the pond; and the forest trail running to the park on Quinte Street. Barbara and Tara were happy to see this year had the least litter ever collected by the school. This year yielded six full bags of garbage,  six blue boxes and two green carts of compostable papers.

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This will be Barbara’s last time at this event as her children are graduating from grade eight this year. We extend a big HWS THANK YOU to her and to Tara for their dedication to keeping the school environmentally friendly on Earth Day and throughout the year as coordinators of our Waste Warrior program.

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