LIMOGES — The French Catholic school here has notched the highest level of recognition possible through Ontario EcoSchools.
The organization recently awarded École élémentaire catholique Saint-Viateur de Limoges platinum certification for its leadership and commitment to the environment.
Growing out of an initiative originally founded by a Toronto school board, Ontario EcoSchools aims to develop environmental leaders and make schools and their communities more environmentally friendly. Primary and secondary schools are eligible to participate.
At Saint-Viateur, staff and students have been making use of a bottled water filling station, recycling items at lunchtime, planting trees in the schoolyard, helping bees survive with a flower garden project, and handing out spruce trees to each family. They also created a mural for Rivers and Oceans Week. The school educates pupils from Kindergarten through Grade 6.
“All students and staff have been involved in becoming better citizens. In addition, we have an EcoSchools committee under the leadership of Ms. Gabrielle Brunet, Ms. Nathalie Mackenzie and Ms. Geneviève Bergeron who worked very hard throughout the year to develop and implement great initiatives and mobilized the entire school community to participate in this beautiful project,” says Director Benoît Boulerice.