Local teacher Sarah Hain’s grade 3 and 4 class from Stawamus Elementary School will receive a $4,000 prize for their school and a $1,000 donation to the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) as the Most Points Prize winners of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC).
Over the past three months, 22,000 Canadian students have trimmed their ‘energy waistlines’ as part of the CEDC, a national energy efficiency program sponsored by Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic Education that aims to teach students from kindergarten to Grade 12 about source of energy and effective ways to conserve it.
The students in her class have conducted a garbage audit, conducted a re-gifting exchange, and given away lightly-used items. Through some of the challenges, the class also started a monthly clean-up of the school grounds and surrounding community, performed in a local concert to promote energy awareness, and hosted a local swap meet for other students in the school.
The Most Points Prize will be presented by representatives from Canadian Geographic Education and Shell Canada along with invited guests from the community on May 22 at the Squamish Elementary School.