Deadline approaching for Schools in Bloom contest
Students at last year’s winning school, H.W. Burgess Public School in Wallaceburg, eagerly prepare the perfect spot for the shade tree presented to them by Chatham-Kent Communities in Bloom. As first place winners in the 2009/2010 Schools in Bloom competition, they also were awarded a $500 gift certificate, compliments of the Downtown Chatham Centre. Principal Terrance McNaughton is proud of the progress of their school ground plantings and looks forward to further enhancing their naturalization area with their winnings. Left to right: Elizabeth Vander Veeken, Lauren Perry, Madelaine Button and Alex Powers - Submitted Photo
Chatham-Kent Communities in Bloom (CiB) is holding its 9th annual Schools in Bloom contest in which students can grow together by beautifying their schoolyards. The May 24 entry deadline for the 2011 competition is fast approaching! Communities in Bloom is a program that encourages participation of all age groups in enhancing their communities and carries nation-wide slogan “People, Plants, and Pride…Growing Together”.
Beautification dollars will be awarded to Chatham-Kent‘s “Top Bloomin’” schools, which will allow them to further enhance their schoolyards. These outstanding schools will receive gift certificates compliments of Downtown Chatham Centre ($500), All Seasons Nursery and Flowers in Wallaceburg ($100) and Sherry’s Perennials in Cedar Springs ($100).
Schools will be judged on their efforts and in the following categories:
1) Clean up & Tidiness Effort
2) Environmental Awareness
3) Student & Community Involvement
4) Schoolyard Greening & Gardening
5) Curriculum Integration of Outdoor Spaces
“When a school takes the time to enter the competition, everyone wins!” said Municipal CiB coordinator, Monica Moore. “The students and staff will receive well deserved recognition for their ongoing efforts, all participating schools receive a ten to twelve foot free tree in the fall and their sense of community pride continues to grow.”
Applications have been distributed to all Chatham-Kent Elementary and Secondary Schools, but can also be found at www.chatham-kent.ca or call 519.360.1998 for more information.