Thursday 6 March 2008

Eco Team Minutes from February 21st, 2008

We had another action-packed February meeting.
The meeting was in two parts:
  • kids did activities about Litterless Lunches
  • adults discussed Heather Hale’s progress with the in-school Eco Team and other items.

Using samples of typical lunch packages, containers and accessories, the kids separated the items into 3 groups: reusable, recyclable, and garbage. They packed examples of lunches that were litter-free, low-impact, or were destined for the landfill. Because our kids are already so well-versed in what goes into a litter-less lunch, our activity was very quick!

Next, we did a ‘SNACKtivity’! (thanks, punny Cameron!), practicing ‘decanting’ snacks (small cookies, raisins, goldfish crackers and gummies) into small reusable containers. Then we practiced eating out of containers! (Thanks, Anne, for helping with this activity!)

Ms Hale's in-school Eco Team has been making great progress. The kids have many ideas including helping reduce waste at the Fun Fair and a "Save the Oak Tree" campaign.

Other topics discussed included schoolyard greening, seed planting in the classrooms, the upcoming reuse sale, the EcoSchools application, and more.

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 26st at 6:00 pm in the lunchroom.
In celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd, our next meeting is on the theme of "Water Wonders". We will be joined by a staff member from the Toronto Region Conservation Authority who will be bringing some activities from the "Watershed on Wheels" program. Please bring indoor shoes! Everyone is welcome to join the Eco Team and help our kids help the environment! Contact me to be added to our mailing list: taranimator (at)

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