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Kortright Hills PS students present at sustainable development gala

June 18, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – Two grade 6 students from Kortright Hills Public School in Guelph were invited to present at the Learning for a Sustainable Future and 3M annual State of Education for Sustainable Development Gala on June 14 in Toronto.

Sara and Jessie are students in the Water Rockers class at Kortright Hills PS and had the opportunity to speak at the gala about some of the activities that the school has done to help the environment over the course of the school year.

The keynote speakers at the gala included the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and George Marchall, co-founder of Climate Outreach.

KHPS Sustainable Development Gala

The Water Rockers class at Kortright Hills PS has this designation because students in the class learn most of their subjects through the topic of water. Sara and Jessie are also members of the school’s eco club, where they meet weekly to plan and organize environmental action projects.

Through inspiration they received at an Eco League Youth Forum in the fall, the students began working with a graduate student from the University of Guelph on a project about vegan eating and how it relates to the planet. Sara and Jessie also worked with the eco club at the school to challenge 80% of students and staff at the school to have waste-less lunches on Wednesdays and to switch to reusable water bottles.

Sara and Jessie were the only elementary students in attendance at the gala and were pleased to receive the Jack Layton Award for Youth Action in Sustainability on behalf of Kortright Hills PS. This award is a nationally recognized award that is given to one Canadian school every year.

This was a very exciting leadership opportunity for Sara and Jessie; they received a standing ovation from gala attendees after they made their presentation.

Congratulations, Sara and Jessie on this accomplishment.

KHPS Sustainable Development Gala 2

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