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February 20, 2011
W.G. Davis public school wins $1,000 for green project

Article by The Windsor Star

Green Apple LogoWindsor’s W.G. Davis public school has won a $1,000 grant from the Metro Ontario grocery chain, including Food Basics, as part of the company’s Green Apple School program to promote environmental concerns among children.

Grade 3 teacher Carrie Thwaites said her class won the grant for a project it is working on to help develop a reading garden at the Fountainebleau Library on Rivard. She said the children’s work on the project is expected to be completed in the spring.

“My students will be helping to plant the greenery in the reading garden,” she said. “It’s a fantastic opportunity and the students are all excited to be giving back to the community. We’ve talked about this through our character development classes.”

The Green Apple program encourages schoolchildren to undertake projects that focus on environmental protection and conservation. It rewards such projects as community cleanups, tree planting, composting and waste reduction.

Each year schools submit their ideas through an application for the award.

“We’re excited to see the program build on the successes of the its inaugural year,” said Johanne Choiniere, Metro senior vice-president. She added that the best projects are graded for their commitment to leadership and active team participation.

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