Royal Oak students receive environmental honour
Published Friday, October 5, 2012 4:02PM MDT
Last Updated Friday, October 5, 2012 6:44PM MDT
Students at Royal Oak School have been recognized on a national level for their work in conserving and protecting a local wetland.
Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery was at the school this morning to help the students celebrate their new title of 'Newalta Wetland Heroes'.
More than 500 students ranging from kindergarten to grade 4 make a regular trek to a wetland about a block away from the school.
They study all aspects of the site that takes storm water and filters it naturally.
In addition to studying the site, students pass the word in their community that the area is something important and has to be looked after by everyone.
Royal Oak is the first school to be recognized as wetland heroes by Newalta.
The company works alongside Ducks Unlimited Canada in promoting the conservation and protection of wetlands.
“We talk about raising the next generation of citizens and I think it's the authenticity of the tasks they're engaging here, it makes them feel like they're real active citizens and indeed they are as recognized here today.
The school will receive a year's worth of teaching aids and $500 that it can use for conservation efforts of the wetland.