David Suzuki Secondary School is one of 10 finalists—the only from Peel Region—vying to win the national MAJESTA Trees of Knowledge Competition. The school that receives the most votes will earn $20,000 for an outdoor classroom. Votes can be submitted once a day at www.majestatreesofknowledge.ca
, and the voting period runs from April 7 to May 5.
“An outdoor classroom will inspire students, improve our local ecosystem and enhance students’ environmental learning,” says Jeanne Gray, principal at David Suzuki. “We’re committed to making the David Suzuki community a healthy environment and look forward to sharing the space with other schools and community organizations.”
During the month of April, David Suzuki will host events to generate awareness and encourage the community to vote:
• April 15 - more than 800 students and staff will go into the community and collect garbage and recyclable materials. As they clean the neighbourhood, they will spread the word about their bid for the outdoor classroom.
• Mid-April - students and staff will remove invasive plants, and collect garbage and recyclable materials in Berisford Park, located at Wayne Nicol Drive and Cortez Court.
• April 24 - feeder school students and families will attend a Backpack for Success evening to learn about the transition into high school.
The proposed outdoor classroom aims to build two classroom spaces. These spaces will be linked by pathways leading through gardens designed to help restore local monarch and pollinator populations. The pathways will be lined by native trees and shrubs, which will eventually provide tasty berries that will be prepared and served by students in the hospitality program.
“Building an outdoor classroom will expand learning opportunities for all of our students, as different classes will have the opportunity to use the outdoor classroom to support the curriculum,” Josh Crozier, teacher at David Suzuki. “The ability to inspire students to care for and respect the environment and the communities in which they live is a great opportunity.”
Jeanne Gray, Principal at David Suzuki Secondary School, 905-457-7941, [email protected]
Josh Crozier, Teacher at David Suzuki Secondary School, 905-457-7941, [email protected]
Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2725, [email protected]
Note to media: Contact Ryan Strang for a full list of events taking place in the David Suzuki Community throughout the voting period—from April 7 to May 5.