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New Brunswick School Wins “Watch Your Paws Club” Challenge

  • Published on Jun 21 2010 |
  • This article is tagged as: education

FREDERICTON - The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, NB Chapter (CPAWS NB) is pleased to announce that the entire Geary Elementary Community School has won the “Watch Your Paws Club” Challenge for 2010. The Challenge involved having classes undertake stewardship activities in their school or community to raise awareness of the need for environmentally-friendly recreation in nature.

“We were really impressed by the level of enthusiasm that the students of the Geary Elementary Community School showed towards the Watch Your Paws Challenge. They submitted creative and engaging artwork of wildlife and habitats and displayed a so much excitement about contributing to conservation of the natural environment – it really shows how important it is to keep reinforcing these ideas with young people,” said Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of CPAWS NB.
 
Sarah MacMillan, one of the program’s Conservation Educators from project partner Cogent Consortium, said, "I was very inspired by their enthusiasm as the students proudly showed off their Fish Friends, birdhouses, dioramas, plasticine wildlife art and other art created from recycled household items. A selection of this year’s Watch Your Paws Challenge submissions will be posted on the CPAWS NB website, http://www.cpawsnb.org.”
 
Roberta Clowater added, “We want to thank the children who entered the contest for showing us what an impressive group of future community leaders we have in our schools. We’re looking forward to taking the pizza party prize to the Geary Elementary Community School on June 16 and showing our appreciation in person.”
 
CPAWS established the “Watch Your Paws Club” to encourage environmentally-responsible behaviour in nature, and to recognize the role of children in helping with wildlife and wilderness conservation. This project and the “Watch Your Paws Club” Challenge have been made possible through the generosity of the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund, the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

See the winners and their projects here.