Happy Earth Day from Staples Canada!

Several months ago I wrote a post about about an Earth Day contest from Staples Canada

“Staples Canada has partnered with Earth Day Canada to help bring technology into schools in need. Staples is helping kids like mine keep progressing with the technological tools they need to succeed. Schools across Canada can compete to win 1 of 10 computer labs from Staples Canada” 

I am happy to announce that Staples Canada has awarded $250,000 in technology to 10 deserving schools across the Canada. Congratulations to the winning schools, talented student writers and communities that came together to bring technology to their schools. 

“Held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, Staples Canada’s Recycle for Education Computer Lab contest once again featured creative ideas from some of Canada’s brightest young minds. Hundreds of entries showcasing green initiatives were submitted by elementary and secondary schools from coast-to-coast.

“It’s inspiring to see students across the country embracing the idea that we all need to do more for the environment,” said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. “These students are seeking innovative solutions to benefit their schools and to make a positive difference in their community.”

Currently in its third year, Staples Canada’s Recycle for Education Computer Lab contest rewarded the following schools with a $25,000 grant toward new computer equipment:

  • Campus View Elementary School, Victoria, BC
  • Windermere Community Secondary School, Vancouver, BC 
  • Hillview Elementary School, Edmonton, AB
  • M.E. LaZerte High School, Edmonton, AB
  • École Saint-Avila, Winnipeg, MB
  • Parkview Secondary School, Hamilton, ON 
  • E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Fonthill, ON 
  • Hélène-de-Champlain Secondary School, Longueuil, QC
  • Notre-Dame-de-Liesse, Saint-Eugène-de-Guigues, QC
  • Holy Name of Mary Academy, Lawn, NL
One winning essay from Darian Chakhmouradian, a Grade 6 student at École Saint-Avila in Winnipeg, showed how the entire school community decided to rise to the “eco-challenge.”

The entry told the story of how the collective efforts of 450 students led to 26 organizations coming together to plant native trees and plants on the school grounds – creating a massive rain garden – to help improve air and water quality, an initiative that is now heralded as a model across the province.

“Our principal and the parent committee received so many calls requesting tours of our school grounds that they wrote a guide book on how to improve school grounds and sent a copy to every school in Manitoba,” wrote Chakhmouradian. “Now, at least 10 other schools are planting rain gardens because of what we did!”

Earth Day Canada works closely with teachers across the country to help develop programs designed to show students the importance of sustainability; it is a critical part of their mission to foster and celebrate environmental respect, action and behaviour change. 

“Students and teachers across Canada are doing exceptional work to address environmental issues in their communities,” said Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada. “The Recycle for Education program, by providing computer labs to schools, allows students access to knowledge, and in turn the practical solutions they can leverage, to address local environmental challenges.”

Even if you your school did not win Staples Canada has environmental programs students can get involved in and advice on how schools can get a free ink cartridge bin for your school. For more information visit Staples.ca. 

A little bit more about Earth Day Canada…
Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world’s largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada’s “Outstanding Non-profit Organization” by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. To donate to Earth Day Canada, please visit www.earthday.ca/donate.

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