Elementary students will join oil and gas company employees and community groups in developing environmental projects at their own schools as part of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers' (CAPP) Energy in Action program. The program kicks off today in Redcliff, Alberta and travels to 11 schools in rural communities across Canada throughout May.
Children at each school learn about energy development and environmental stewardship. They also roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty working on projects in their school yards or communities, such as planting trees, shrubs, and flowers. The Energy in Action program utilizes local resources as much as possible for the events. CAPP has also partnered with several organizations including Inside Education, the YWCA, the Alberta Conservation Association, and the Calgary Zoo in developing the program curriculum and garden projects.
"The synergies we develop as a result of these events are incredible," said Energy in Action coordinator Laura Perry (CAPP). "By getting the communities involved and teaching children about sustainability, we help ensure that they look after the environmental projects they create long after the event."
The 2009 Energy in Action program is sponsored by 35 oil and gas companies.
Each event will have photo opportunities. Event details are as follows:
May 5, 2009 - Redcliff, Alberta (Margaret Wooding Elementary School)
May 6, 2009 - Shaunavon, Saskatchewan (Shaunavon Public School)
May 7, 2009 - Stoughton, Saskatchewan (Stoughton Central School)
May 12, 2009 - Beaverlodge, Alberta (Beaverlodge Elementary School)
May 13, 2009 - Baldonnel, British Columbia (Baldonnel Elementary)
May 14, 2009 - Pouce Coupe, British Columbia (Pouce Coupe Elementary)
May 20, 2009 - St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador (Goulds Elementary)
May 21, 2009 - Three Hills, Alberta (Three Hills School)
May 25, 2009 - Niton Junction, Alberta (Niton Central School)
May 26, 2009 - Halifax, Nova Scotia (Rockingstone Heights School)
May 28, 2009 - Conklin, Alberta (Conklin Community School)
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