St. Teresa CES goes green with “battery blitz”

Grade 6 students at St. Teresa Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough are exploring ways to get their school EcoSchools certified.

The school’s new Eco Team, with the help of some teacher facilitators, recently organized a battery blitz to collect old batteries to prevent them from making their way into the landfill.

After only two weeks, St. Teresa CES collected more than 80 pounds of batteries

The Eco-Team is now monitoring the school’s recycling practices and educating classes about what can and can’t go in the blue box and brainstorming other initiatives they would like to do over the year.

Ontario EcoSchools is an award-winning environmental education and certification program for grades K-12 that nurtures environmental leaders, reduces the ecological impact of schools, and builds environmentally responsible school communities.

In the 2017-18 school year, 12 PVNC schools were certified with the Ontario EcoSchools program. Three schools received the program’s Platinum designation, five were awarded Gold, two Silver and two Bronze.