Wilma Hansen School and Henry Wise Wood Senior High both win $1,000 project grant
Two deserving Calgary school groups were presented with the Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grants at a ceremony today by Deputy Mayor Shane Keating.
Student and teacher representatives from Wilma Hansen School and Henry Wise Wood Senior High School were presented with a commemorative plaque and a $1000 project grant at a luncheon during The City of Calgary’s annual EcoLeaders Youth Conference.
Wilma Hansen School won a grant for their Leaves and Literature project, which includes multiple initiatives such as creating an indoor garden in the school library. Students will learn about eco-friendly spaces, planting and the significant role plants play in the environment.
Henry Wise Wood Senior High School received a grant to create a Youth 4 Tap Club who will educate the school about water conservation. Their first initiative will include reducing the use of plastic water bottles in their school by installing water dispensers and selling customized water bottles.
“This grant not only reduces our environmental footprint as a school but also educates the student body about the importance of preserving our environment; one bottle at a time,” says Henry Wise Wood student, Sarthak Sinha. “The idea for this project was originally part of my 3 Things for a Better Calgary action plan. Being honoured by the Mayor shows the importance of such projects. It’s great that we have a government that encourages and invests in fostering youth driven initiatives!”
“It’s inspiring to see how dedicated these students are to making Calgary a more sustainable and better city for everyone,” said Deputy Mayor, Shane Keating. “Each of us, whatever our age, has an important role to play in protecting the environment.”
The Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant was initiated in 2004 by The City of Calgary in partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Parks Foundation to recognize the environmental contributions of former Mayor Jack Leslie. The grants are supported through the Jack Leslie family, The City of Calgary, and Youth Central.