Jun 12, 2014
by Valerie Allan
North Addington Education Centre has been certified as an Ontario EcoSchool for the sixth year in a row. NAEC has received Bronze certification for 2013-2014. EcoSchools is an environmental education program in Ontario that helps students and schools to become more environmentally friendly. To become a certified EcoSchool, the school must show achievement in leadership, energy conservation, waste minimization, ecological literacy, curriculum and school ground greening.
NAEC showed their commitment to the environment throughout the 2013-2014 school year through events such as National Sweater Day, Earth Hour and Earth Day. Eight secondary students also participated in an Environmental Conference in Kingston.
The main focus for this school year was to revamp the school’s paper recycling program. With help from a variety of classes including the Restart Program, School to Community, Grade 12 College English, Grade 11 University Math and Grade 9 Academic English, the paper recycling program has been very successful this year.
“I am so proud of our students. It takes a lot of hard work over a long period of time to earn certification. This type of commitment to the school, the community and the environment is fantastic. Thank you to Ms. Randle and her hard-working team,” said Angela Salmond, principal at NAEC.
EcoSchools is a voluntary program led by teachers and volunteers at schools across Ontario.