Duncan Cran Elementary has been the top school in the Canadian Geographical Society’s Classroom Energy Diet Challenge all three years the competition has been around — but that isn’t stopping the energy-conscious students from trying again this year.
The challenge, consisting of three streams, began in February and will continue until April 28.
Students and teachers participate in the classroom challenge, which has students take on energy-related challenges in the classroom and a video contest where students create a public service announcement. A school energy project gives classrooms a chance to win $10,000 towards an initiative that will decrease the carbon footprint of their school.
Vice-Principal Christine Todd and three of her students were at last Monday’s city council meeting to tell city leaders about the contest.
“Duncan Cran has had the honour of being the top school in all of Canada three years in a row,” said Grade 3 student Ariel Hesketh.
Grade 6 student Jayden Mucci told council of his class’ idea of reducing energy by converting a regular school bus into a "greenhouse bus."
"This greenhouse will teach our community about growing food locally and how to secure food," he said. He asked council members to vote for their project online for a chance to win the $10,000 to fund it.