Students from Trinity Christian School in Burlington observed Earth Day last spring by cleaning up the neighbourhood.
The City of Burlington and local MP’s office initiated a community clean-up, in which the grade seven and eight students, under the direction of Annette van der Woerd, science teacher, participated. The City provided large garbage bags and gloves for the clean-up and arranged for the garbage to be hauled away.
The school is newly located in an area under much recent construction. It is next to the Joseph Brant Wellness Centre as well as a large wooded region.
Students spent a few hours cleaning up the garbage strewn through the woods as well the parking area and bordering grass areas of the Wellness Centre.
Van der Woerd says that staff from the Centre were very appreciative and expressed their thanks in a letter to the students.
The students themselves were very enthusiastic about the activity, says van der Woerd, which she admits she found a little surprising.
“[They] felt a sense of stewardship towards God’s creation. They worked hard and were happy to help out our neighbours and the community.”
Principal Andrew Straatsma of Trinity Christian School says the activity is one way for school-members to connect with the community.
“It does very well for building good relationships with the neighbours,” he says.
This year, the Mayor and Councils’ Community Clean-up which has been held annually for the past eight years, will take place around Earth Day again, on April 21. Community-members are challenged to get together with friends, family and neighbours and spend some time cleaning up their neighbourhood.
Trinity School will be taking part again, says van der Woerd.
Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest environmental event worldwide. Interest has grown so much since Earth Day was first held in 1970 that celebrations take place throughout the whole month of April now. According to the Earth Day Canada Web site, more than 6 million Canadians celebarte Earth Day, joining 500 million people in over 180 countries. They stage events and projects to address local environmental issues.