Baden school cleans up on Earth Day

Baden students (left to right) Matt Elliot, Michael Sayadeth, Jackie Sayadeth, and Madison Maclean clean the schoolyard.

Friday is Earth Day, an occasion around the world for environmental clean-up and appreciating the planet.

At Baden Public School, the theme was “Lend the Earth a Hand.” Each class will take a turn to spread fresh mulch and clean trash and debris off the schoolyard, plus studying eco-friendly themes.

But the school doesn’t just pay attention once a year on Earth Day. With help from a student club called the Eco-Team, they’ve implemented weekly “Litterless Lunches” and a school-wide compost program.

Baden P.S. is also shooting for its third yearly designation as an Ontario EcoSchool. The school can earn another gold designation by running environmental programs and teaching Earth-friendly curriculum.

“Promoting it in the school is where it starts,” said teacher Rob McBeth, who leads the environmental efforts. “If they do it here, then they’re going to do it at home.”

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