School: Stony Mountain School
With the help of their teachers, Mrs. Safiniuk and Mr. Woodman, students in kindergarten and Grade 5 at Stony Mountain School brought awareness to their community regarding plastic bags that were blowing around the environment (found in ponds, as well as farmer's fields) around Stony Mountain garbage dump ( see article). Both grades were responsible for making decisions that reflect care, concern, and responsibility for the environment . This project matched the learning outcome 1-1-13 or the Grade 1 Science cluster : Characteristics and Needs of Living Things. The students developed, implemented, and evaluated personal and group action plans that contribute to a healthy environment for themselves and for other living things.
Pictures were taken of the field, pond, and Rockwood Waste
Transfer site on Winfield Road, and shared with students. Students
discussed the hazards to the environment and other living things, then
brainstormed both personal ideas to solve or improve this problem as
well as solutions for the community to consider. They co-operatively
wrote letters to the Argus, town council, and municipality in order to
raise awareness about this issue. As a result, an article was published
in the Argus and further ideas for implementation to reduce and re-use
plastic bags in the town and municipality are being considered.
Furthermore, students have also gone home to discuss the importance of
reducing and re-using plastic bags in their homes.