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Rainbow Schools move forward with climate action through EcoSchools

R.L. Beattie Public School certified Platinum in 2019 - the highest level through EcoSchools. Students participate in environmental education throughout the school year. For "Take Me Outside Day" on October 20, 2021, students in Grades 3 and 4 enjoyed a special presentation by Ontario Parks staff, learning about trees and nature journaling in the school's outdoor classroom.

Rainbow Schools remain focused on environmental education and climate action, not only during Waste Reduction Week (October 18 to 22, 2021) but throughout the school year.

In 2020-2021, ten schools certified with EcoSchools – two Platinum, four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze – while seven were given Participant status at the Green level.

From community clean-ups and waste audits, to planting pollinator gardens and recycling electronic waste, staff and students found various ways to come together for the health and well-being of the planet, all while staying safely apart because of the pandemic.

The following schools certified with EcoSchools in 2020-2021: A.B. Ellis Public School; Adamsdale Public School; Chelmsford Valley District Composite School; Central Manitoulin Public School; Manitoulin Secondary School; Lockerby Composite School; Queen Elizabeth II Public School; Sudbury Secondary School; Valley View Public School and Walden Public School.

The following schools certified as participants at the Green level: Assiginack Public School, Barrydowne College, Copper Cliff Public School; Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School; Markstay Public School; R.H. Murray Public School and R.L. Beattie Public School.

“We are very proud of students for rising to the challenge during a school year like no other,” said Director of Education Bruce Bourget. “With support from the Board’s Environmental Committee, staff found creative ways to instill in students the proficiencies, perspectives and practices to be environmentally responsible citizens.”

“I am inspired by the ongoing strategies staff and students are implementing to reduce their carbon footprint,” added Director Bourget. “Even the smallest of changes can have a big impact as we nurture a culture of sustainability in our schools and school communities.”

EcoSchools Certification recognizes achievement in six key areas: ecological literacy, energy conservation, environmental stewardship, school ground greening, teamwork and leadership, and waste minimization.

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Media Contact:

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