Our goal is to engage learning communities and families; to share knowledge, skills, and create an inclusive community around shared gardens. This project promotes sustainability in schools by developing and maintaining green spaces; such as food and vegetable gardens. This program is designed to educate and foster an appreciation among children of how food is grown, how to eat healthy, and how to care for our natural environment. So far there are two established school gardens under this project, one at St. Christopher’s Catholic Elementary School and the very recently opened gardens at Lincoln Centennial Public School.
The program entails getting the students, staff, and parents involved in the regular maintenance and care of these green spaces, as well as educating them about planting, composting, and environmental preservation through fun activities. During the school year, teachers and students use the gardens to deliver hands-on lessons, while having fun and growing food. In the summer, families are welcome to work with LGL staff to care for, harvest, and take home the bounty! It's an opportunity to develop leaders within their own school neighborhoods, and foster that inborn sense of wonder in children as they watch seeds transform into food.
WASTE FREE SCHOOLS
Creating waste free schools through education and action!
This is a waste management project specifically designed for primary & secondary schools. It is being funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The goals of this project are carefully aligned with that of the Ontario Waste Free Act which seeks to significantly reduce the amount of waste being deposited in landfills.
This project will seek to educate students about how to reduce the amount of waste being generated in schools and by extension in their homes and communities. It also teaches them how to properly sort and recycle their waste.
This project will entail a series of carefully structured workshops which will engage and educate students through meaningful experiential workshops and activities.
Benefits to the Schools
- There is NO cost to participating schools for the first year of the program. All costs for the workshops, waste audits and other activities will be covered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
- Implementation of a four stream waste system.
- Waste receptacles and signage installed in the schools. Training for students and staff on how to use waste receptacles.
- Increase in schools’ annual diversion rate.
- Assistance in obtaining EcoSchool certification.
- Development of an environmentally responsible school and a cleaner environment for students and staff.
- Annual waste audits to monitor improvements in waste management system and implement further improvements.
- In-depth, highly structured workshops and educational activities tailored for each grade.
- Educational campaigns hosted at participating schools promoting environmental awareness among students and staff. These campaigns may include competitions, events held on site or invitation to off-site events, booth displays, poster displays and distribution of flyers, books and other educational materials to the students.
- Guest workshops and presentations by high level working professionals in the areas of environmental and waste management.
- Access to educational materials developed and distributed by Links for Greener Learning, Niagara Region Waste Management Services & Eco-Source.
- Access to other environmental events and initiatives hosted by Links for Greener Learning such as our annual Earth Day Event, Links for Greener Families, farm tours, hiking trips and much more.