Two students and one lead teacher from each school participated in carousel style workshops with a focus on stewardship and mentorship. Guest presenters included ALCDSB’s own energy systems analyst, Scott Raycroft, speaking on green energy pilot projects and Quinte Waste Management’s Jeff Lauritson on the recycling process.
The highlight of the day was the aboriginal story telling session by Sam Conroy on three sisters planting that took place in a student constructed tipi. During this session, students planted heirloom seeds in egg cartons for transport back to home schools for planting. All convened in the gym for a lunch of hearty corn, bean and squash soup.
The ALCDSB Environmental Education Management and Advisory Committee (EEMAC) that planned the conferences hopes that the positive energy experienced by conference participants will help to increase this year’s 24 registered schools to a full 41 registered and certified schools in the near future.