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Holy Name of Mary Celebrates Environmental Stewardship on National Sweater Day

Friday, February 3 is National Sweater Day, and Holy Name of Mary Catholic School participated by turning down their thermostat by 2 degrees, and encouraging staff and students to wear a sweater. The school gathered at an assembly, which was organized by the school’s eco team, to discuss ongoing environmental initiatives, and the school’s mission of being stewards of the earth. Employees of the Ontario Clean Water Agency were also present to speak about clean water, and the importance of reducing the amount of plastic bottles used by drinking the clean Almonte tap water.

Over the past year, Holy Name of Mary students have organized a “Water Fountain Committee” to raise funds to purchase a Water Refilling Station, which was installed in the junior wing. The effort was organized by students, and two staff members (Sara Reid and Regine Boissonneault) supervised their fundraising. At the February 3 assembly, the Ontario Clean Water Agency announced that they would be donating a second Water Refilling Station for the school’s primary wing.

Holy Name of Mary achieved Gold certification last year for the Ontario ECOSchool program, and staff and students continue with ongoing efforts to maintain this certification, proudly focusing on educating students, and working to clean up the local environment. The school is also very excited to continue its partnership with the Ontario Clean Water Agency.

 

Photo, left to right: Cory Smith (from the Township of Mississippi Mills), Andy Trader (OCWA), Robert Leblanc (OWCA), Sara Reid (teacher), Regine Boissonneault (teacher), students who organized the “Water Fountain Committee” and Dan Lesser (Principal). Also in attendance but not in the picture was Aimee Hennessy (OWCA)

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