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What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?

Rainbow Schools Go Blue for World Water Day on March 22nd

Rainbow District School Board invites students and staff to Go Blue for World Water Day on Friday, March 22, 2024, which coincides with Canada Water Week from March 22 to 28, 2024.

The Go Blue initiative involves three components: to only drink water for the day, to research the importance of protecting our water supply, and to find ways to conserve water at home.

Students will take part in a variety of activities designed to explore their personal water consumption habits. Students will also learn about the connection between water consumption and critical issues such as global warming, the rarity of fresh water, and inequities with fresh water and social justice.

Educators were given various resources to encourage meaningful dialogue from an Indigenous perspective, including the story “The Water Walker”, which discusses the advocacy work of the late Anishinaabek Grandmother Nokomis Josephine “Biidaasige” Mandamin. Josephine is remembered for initiating a pathway for Water Walkers to continue to make our world a better place by respecting the water nibi.

This Go Green initiative is part of the Environmental Committee’s ongoing efforts to encourage sustainable practices and increase awareness about water use.

“Water is an invaluable resource necessary for the survival of all living things,” says Director of Education Bruce Bourget. “We use water for many daily activities – often without thinking about the environmental impact of our consumption habits.”

He adds: “Through this challenge, students will learn how they can become water stewards at home and in their own school communities.”

Environmental benefits of water conservation include saving money and energy to pump, heat and treat water, protecting water resources, minimizing water pollution, and maintaining the health of aquatic environments.

Rainbow District School Board’s Environmental Committee issues monthly challenges to staff and students throughout the school year.

What will next month’s challenge be?


Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.