We like sharing inspirational stories and The Calgary Awards are filled with them! The awards are an opportunity for The City, our municipal government, to recognize contributions that improve our community. Hmmm… sounds like many “Things for Calgary”. On Wednesday, June 10, Hillhurst School received the Calgary Award for Environmental Achievement from an educational institution.
Hillhurst School’s Giving Day is one of their 3 Things for Calgary. In December 2014, Hillhurst Elementary School hosted its first Giving Day to replace a Christmas program that did not meet the needs of this culturally, geographically and socio-economically diverse school population. Students, their families, the teachers, school staff and community members were asked to donate items to create a market for “Giving Day”. Each student who donated one or more items received 10 tickets to make purchases, followed by the school and larger community to attend to buy items. All sales proceeds and leftover items were donated to charities. In addition to the many lessons learned about inclusiveness, charitable giving and working collectively to make the event happen, there was a very important environmental learning component to the project: reduce, reuse and recycle. Green Calgary was brought in to talk about ‘giving the earth a break’, and students traced their items from production to landfill. Students were exposed to the three pillars of sustainability: people, planet and profit. Of great significance, over 300 young minds were given an understanding of their responsibility as stewards of our environment.
David Ball, principal of Hillhurst School accepted the award but there were also a few students on hand to celebrate with Mayor Nenshi.
Hillhurst School’s award is just one of the many highlights from the evening celebration on June 10, 2015. Shaw TV recorded the whole event and often they rebroadcast it on channel 10. For the 2013 winners check out Shaw TV.