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These Students are Our Heroes

Yes, students at Walnut Road Elementary in Surrey, for winning the city’s 2012/13 Climate Change Showdown contest. YOU ARE OUR HEROES.

Manpreet Sanghara, teacher of the winning Grade 5/6 class at Walnut Road Elementary says, “I am very proud of my students for taking the time to make positive changes at home to conserve energy. Many students went above and beyond expectations and encouraged their parents to make these changes as well.”

Manpreet’s winning class was competing against eight other elementary schools across the city. The top three individual students from all participating schools in Surrey, each with 4,300 points, were also acknowledged:

  • Maven from Mrs. Romano’s class at Green Timbers Elementary

  • Ravneet from Mr. Marounek’s class from David Brankin Elementary

  • Richard from Ms. Andres’ class at Fraser Wood Elementary

Since 2010, the City has worked with the BCSEA to deliver the Climate Change Showdown in Surrey elementary schools, with different schools participating each year to ensure district coverage. This year’s students received worksheets, multimedia materials and a take-home brochure printed in English, Mandarin and Punjabi containing tips to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

“The City thanks the Surrey School District and our teachers for their support, and the BCSEA for their efforts in scheduling and delivering these engaging sessions,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the City’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee. “Programs like the Climate Change Showdown support the City’s Sustainability Charter goals and help move us toward a more sustainable future.”

Nine Surrey schools participated in the 2012/13 program, and through their participation in the contest activities, students were able to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 370 tonnes.

See http://www.surrey.ca/city-government/13637.aspx