Two Brampton Schools Score Finalist Spots in Prestigious Competition
With environmental consciousness top of mind for many and Earth Day on the horizon, it's exciting to see two Brampton schools excel in an important national contest.
A hundred schools across Canada—including two schools in Brampton—are now one step closer to winning $25,000 in technology in the Superpower Your School Contest, a competition run by Staples.
The two Brampton schools who managed to crack the top 100 are Eagle Plains Public School and Louise Arbour Secondary School.
The students and staff at Eagle Plains have set themselves apart by making environmental responsibility part of their school culture (they've been an Ontario Eco-School for four years). They also boast an Active-Eco Team made up of student leaders who present proposals to administrators and raise awareness of environmental campaigns.
Louise Arbour has been a certified gold or silver Ontario Eco-School since opening in 2010 and participates in waste reduction and greening products. The school also maintains a student-built recycling depot for collecting batteries, used electronics and plastics that are not collected by the Region of Peel.
Recently, Staples Canada announced the regional finalists for its contest, which recognizes elementary and secondary schools that are helping the environment by implementing innovative eco-programs. According to Staples, the 100 schools will now advance to a second round of judging. During the second round, 10 schools from five different regions will be selected to receive $25,000 each towards the purchase of new technology from Staples Canada.
The final 10 winning schools announced April 22.
"Our judges were blown away by the quality and scale of some of the eco programs that these schools are implementing," said Mary Sagat, president of Staples Canada. "Their passion for making a difference is inspiring. We thank all of the schools who entered the contest and congratulate the 100 finalists for their outstanding commitment to doing their part to improve the environment."
The contest, which is entering its seventh year, is held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada. This year, contest runners saw more than 700 entries from public elementary and secondary schools across Canada.
"It's been amazing to see the level of innovation and creative thinking happening in our schools," said Deb Doncaster, president of Earth Day Canada. "The next generation of environmental leaders are very dedicated to the cause, and they're ready to take action now."
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