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Students at École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité build a large garden for their community

June 5, 2017, OTTAWA - École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité is instilling responsibility and respect for the environment in its students and helping shape future eco-leaders.

During Canadian Environment Week, students at Franco-Cité will work on building a large community and cooperative garden where the school community can grow herbs, flowers, and vegetables, including 26 varieties of tomatoes and 16 varieties of peppers. One of the next big steps in the project, scheduled for the week of June 5, is to transplant seedlings from the greenhouse to the garden boxes.

The idea for the project came from a group of students and Mark Grenier, a Franco-Cité teacher-librarian who is passionate about health and nutrition The students put in a request to build a garden to help people in need and give back to the community. Mr. Grenier supported the students in setting up the community garden, focusing on specific objectives, such as transforming the learning experience and developing an awareness of the importance of healthy eating habits and the concept of food security. Food security is when all human beings have the physical, social, and economic means to consistently provide themselves with adequate, healthy, nutritious food that satisfies their dietary needs and preferences so they can lead healthy, active lives. This living lab will enable students to sample fresh, local products, join the gardening club, use their harvest, and give to their neighbours.

Green initiatives and healthy, local, sustainable food initiatives facilitated by Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) educators have a real impact on students’ actions and help them make informed choices. They help students develop a healthy relationship with the environment and food. “Students have invested their time and energy in a project that matters to them, and they understand why it is important. They have demonstrated such generosity and openness, and I am proud to see them working together to achieve a common goal that will benefit everyone,” said CECCE Chair Johanne Lacombe.

“This project is an example of how important it is for the CECCE and its schools to take action to protect and preserve the community’s natural environment, and it encourages healthy eating habits, too. The CECCE is committed to creating authentic learning opportunities that also enable students and their families to connect with nature,” said Réjean Sirois, CECCE Director of Education.

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