The idea was adapted from popular crafts such as clay seed balls and biodegradable flower cards. Working from this concept, the EcoTeam gathered together after school to make the ornaments. They used recycled paper scraps and native seeds such as black-eyed susans and coneflowers to make their colourful ornaments.
The fundraiser was then promoted via posters, in the school blog and staff newsletter, and the ornaments were sold at the annual holiday concert. In the process, students discovered that their parents and school community: “Were very supportive of the project and loved the idea of giving eco-friendly gifts!”
From the proceeds, the EcoTeam purchased native plants for the school garden, including bee balm and butterfly bushes, as well as thistle feeders to attract goldfinches. Most importantly, according to one EcoTeam member: “We had a ton of fun, and it was a great team building experience planning and making the ornaments.”
Similar campaigns can bring a lighter footprint to the holiday season as well as a boost to your Ontario EcoSchools program. Make sure there are clear environmental learning connections and claim it in Environmental Stewardship.