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Elmwood recognized for staying green
Elmwood High School was recently recognized for its efforts to promote green initiatives.
The northeast Winnipeg high school was presented with the Green Schools, Green Futures Award for the prairies region during a graduation breakfast held June 26.
The award was created by Tree Canada, a not-for-profit organization that encourages Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments, and FedEx Express Canada.
Elmwood was recognized for its efforts in the area of environmental sustainability. Some of its recent projects include a wind turbine that powers two computers in the school’s library, a recycling program, and a number of neighbourhood cleaning projects.
The school had to submit an application outlining its green credentials to be eligible for the award. Points were awarded for ecological school yards, reducing waste, conserving energy, being a caring school, and eco education.
As a regional winner, Elmwood received a plaque from Tree Canada and FedEx along with a $1,000 cash prize. The school used the money to award $200 bursaries to five students.
Grade 12 students Grace Wood and Kelsey Crotty, co-presidents of the school’s student council, said it was great for their school to be recognized for its environmental efforts.
"It’s always great when Elmwood gets recognized for positives, and not always negatives," Wood said.
"It’s important for schools to take part in environmental initiatives. We’re all about sustainability," Crotty added.
Principal Mike Babb said receiving the award was rewarding for both students and staff.
"We are honoured to be one of five schools across Canada to be recognized with this award," he said.
Paulo Natale, senior operations manager for FedEx Express Canada, said it’s great for schools and students to get involved with environmentally-based initiatives.
"This award is a little token of recognition for the work the school does," Natale said.
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