By: William Percy
Elkford Secondary School has been participating in a learning activity grant called ‘Growing Innovations’ for two years now. This initiative caters to rural communities.
Despite the current circumstance, Grade 9 students from Elkford Secondary School planted over 200 trees throughout the community. The ESS Grade 9 teaching team, Mr. Percy, Ms. Scheller, Ms. Buchan and Mrs. Moore, also collaborated to design a cross-curricular learning booklet.
The tasks promoted critical and creative thinking and focused on forest reclamation. Each student planted five trees and completed the “Take a Tree, Grow a Tree” booklet. Students were engaged and excited to participate in this learning opportunity.
‘Growing Innovations’ is facilitated by the University of British Columbia and has the goal of exploring the role of rural schools and supporting community vitality. This program connects rural schools and districts in B.C. to support teachers with resources and communicative tools, showcase imaginative classroom activities, and encourage community engagement. We look forward to planting trees in future years.