Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) was having fun and games March 26 in an attempt to raise money for a refillable water station, and awareness of the importance of recycling, water conservation, and global warming.
Organized by the VCI Eco Club, three students put the whole thing together. Grade 11 student Zier Zhou, and grade 12 students Danika Mayer, and Samantha Lalonde got together for a good cause. “We’re raising money for a water fountain, but it’s also to raise awareness for Earth Hour on March 28,” explained Zhou.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said grade 10 student, Josh Steward. “Everyone is here having fun together. It’s great.” Smiles were had all around as students got to unwind and teachers got to join in on the fun all for a good cause. “It’s good to have for last period,” said grade 10 student, Cameron Stolzman. “It’s to raise awareness for Earth Hour, and to raise money for a water fountain that refills water bottles.”
Earth Hour is a global event that has had an enormous impact on the environment through a one-hour lights out day to combat global warming and bring awareness to the necessity of global change. Earth Hour is a non-profit organization created through the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). The movement began in 2007 in Sydney Australia and is responsible for creating environment, and legislative change by ‘harnessing the power of the crowd’.
Teachers and students alike were playing games and enjoying the day. Games such as beanbag toss, and knock the cans were played for 25 cents. Winners received a ticket to go toward a raffle, which included items such as a $10 Subway gift card, baked goods, and much more. “It’s our first time for a carnival like this,” said Matt Williams, VCI teacher. “It’s great. The kids are having fun. They’re a lively bunch. It’s good they are doing this.”
Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. More information on Earth Hour can be found at http://www.earthhour.org/.
Photo by Diane Hunter: Music teacher, Ina Morris had students giggling as she tried to pick up Easter eggs with a spoon tied to a bunny hat.