Staples Canada has awarded 10 schools across Canada with $20,000 in new technology thanks to their achievements in environmental stewardship and education in their respective communities.
The tech ‘shopping sprees' are part of the Superpower your School contest organized annually by Staples and Earth Day Canada to mark Earth Month and celebrate ecovators of all ages, including both students and teachers.
"Through the program, we're able to see the incredible depth of eco-stewardship found in the Canadian character, particularly in our schools," says David Boone, CEO of Staples Canada. "I'm thoroughly impressed and inspired by the initiative and passion shown by our young minds and members of the education community as they come up with ideas that have local impact and make the world a more liveable, enjoyable place."
Organized in partnership with Earth Day Canada, the contest recognizes Canadian schools paving the road to solidifying youth participation in environmental protection by teaching current and future generations about the importance of sustainable development.
"From a chicken coop on campus that provides eggs for the school's breakfast and lunch programs, to establishing an annual forest festival that engages 2,000 children, the work of this years' winners go far beyond traditional school initiatives," says Deborah Doncaster, President of Earth Day Canada. "The winners are an inspiration and we are proud to recognize and celebrate their efforts."
The winners include five elementary and five secondary schools, and were chosen from among more than 740 applications submitted across the country.
Winners of the 2018 Staples Superpower your School Contest are:
Elementary: Petite Rivière Elementary, Petite Rivière, Nova Scotia
Secondary: Waterford Valley High, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
Elementary: Vimy Ridge Public School, Ajax, Ontario
Secondary: East Elgin Secondary School, Aylmer, Ontario
Elementary: École Alternative des Cheminots, La Prairie, Quebec
Secondary: Louis-Philippe-Paré, Châteauguay, Quebec
Elementary: St. Joseph School, Calgary, Alberta
Secondary: Central Memorial and the Career Technology Centre, Calgary, Alberta
British Columbia and Yukon
Elementary: École Margaret Jenkins School, Victoria, British Columbia
Secondary: Walnut Grove Secondary School, Langley, British Columbia
"We hope the new technology and boost in recognition will lead to even more projects in 2019 and that, together, we can encourage more and more ecovators and ecovation in Canada," adds Boone.
First launched in 2011, the program has awarded a total of $1.95 million in tech products to some 80 schools. Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22 of each year.
(L-r): Student Robyn Whaley, Teacher Duncan Sinclair, Teacher Stacey Suffel, Student Duncan Matthews, Staples General Manager Derek Brooks and Staples District Manager Sean Brown celebrate East Elgin Secondary School's win for the Staples Superpower your School contest in collaboration with Earth Day Canada. The school has won $20,000 in new technology from Staples in recognition of its environmental initiatives.