“Mom, that’s recyclable!”, “It’s litterless lunch day tomorrow”, “Can we start a compost pile in the back yard?” If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, chances are you’ve heard something like this in your house. In schools across the country kids are getting involved in making the earth a better place by reducing their waste, cleaning up their environment and learning about issues that impact the world around them. Staples Canada has been a longtime partner in the quest to help students become environmentally aware citizens. In my school we have participated in the cartridge recycling program for many years – we collect empty printer cartridges which are returned to Staples for proper recycling. For each cartridge Staples makes a contribution to the school, and over the years we have been able to purchase hundreds of dollars of new technology and supplies.
Of course, anyone who has a home computer (perhaps the one on which you are reading this post) knows that hundreds of dollars doesn’t go very far when we’re talking about technology. Back in the early 1990s when I was starting jr. high, the school computer lab was a cutting edge facility – before the internet, before computers in every home (or every pocket), students who were lucky enough to have a lab at school were at a real advantage. Today, sadly, those computer labs haven’t changed much although our lives certainly have. Many computer labs in Canadian schools use refurbished computers that are already 2 – 4 years old before they even arrive at the school. In a school of 350 students there may be one single lab of 30 machines. It’s very disheartening to see students struggle with technology that can’t keep up with their needs for research, word processing and creating projects to share their learning.
To help celebrate Canadian schools committed to the environment, Staples will be once again holding the Recycle for Education contest to select 10 lucky schools to each receive a brand new $25,000.00 computer lab! Any publicly-funded elementary or secondary school in Canada is eligible and students, teachers and parents are encouraged to submit an application to share:
– How they incorporate environmental education every day
– Their most important environmental initiative
– How a new computer lab will enhance student learning and environmental education
This is a great opportunity for students to share their pride in their school. Find more information, rules and the application form on the Staples Canada Website
Please share this contest far and wide! Help Staples find a truly deserving schools to receive this awesome prize!
A guest post by Meg – a mom of 1 spirited little girl and a dedicated elementary school teacher
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are strictly my own.