May 20, 2014

Louise Arbour Secondary School celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity

On May 22, Louise Arbour Secondary School will host the LASS Community Gardening Open House to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity. Families of the school community and the public are invited to attend the event.

The event will feature a presentation from guest speaker Gino Piscelli of the Region of Peel - Fusion Landscaping and include multilingual guided tours to view the following student-designed projects:
• greenhouse
• native species garden
• vegetable garden
• hybrid utility vehicle
• solar heater
• recycling depot

Activities for children such as nature crafts, seed planting and vermicomposting will be demonstrated as well.

“The activities at this event will appeal to all generations in our school community,” says Linda Galen, principal at Louise Arbour. “Newcomer community members will feel welcomed and included by our multilingual tours. We look forward to an evening, which unites our school community in a common vision of social justice and environmental stewardship.”

Funded by the Ministry of Education Community Engagement grant, the EcoSquad at Louise Arbour has worked over the past four years to green the school grounds and create environmental awareness. “Our goal is to have students consider green choices in their daily lives, as well as in their career choices,” says Carmelina Crupi, event co-advisor at Louise Arbour. “This open house will highlight a variety of pathways particularly in woodworking, hospitability, transportation and science. We also hope that the community will become more educated about eco-friendly gardening, transportation, waste management and food choices.”

Local and partner organizations will also be present at the event to provide information and to connect with the school community. Organizations include:
• Cathy’s Composters
• EcoSource
• Toronto Region Conservation Authority
• FarmStart
• Canadian Tire

Piscelli’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Multilingual guided tours in Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi, Somalian, Tamil and Urdu will run after that. A draw for a tablet and other door prizes will also be held. Louise Arbour is located at 365 Father Tobin Road in Brampton.

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Media contact:
Linda Galen, Principal, Louise Arbour Secondary School, 905-793-5451 ext. 401, [email protected]

Linda Ryan, Event co-advisor, Louise Arbour Secondary School, 905-793-5451 ext. 440, [email protected]

Reference:
Audrey Crasto, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2462, [email protected]

Note to media: Event flyer

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