Students in Saskatoon Public Schools have been cleaning up and contributing to the community as they continue learning.
On April 28, students and family members representing the Collective Voice, Ecoquest, iGen, Let's Lead – Nīkānētān, Off the Grid, and Outdoor School programs competed to see who could remove the most garbage from Saskatoon's green and naturalized places.
The cleanup saw 130 people collect 172 large garbage bags of waste. Thirty-one students and family members representing the iGen program gathered 42 bags, almost one-quarter of the total. The initiative was supported by a $500 EcoFriendly Sask Action Grant and as the winning program iGen students choose to donate the prize to The Lighthouse Supported Living.
Students in the iGen program took part in a Zoom call with the Lighthouse to learn how their donation was used and the impact it had. Personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, soap, toothbrushes, razors, feminine products and socks were purchased by the Lighthouse to provide their guests with everything they need to feel their best.
The school-based collection has also inspired a second garbage and charity challenge for the general public taking place May 20-24. The Rubbish Roundup is a community stewardship event where Saskatoon residents are invited to independently pick one large bag of garbage and, in turn, direct a $10 donation to either Saskatoon Crisis Nursery, Saskatoon Search and Rescue, or the One School One Farm Project.