Where are they now? Superpower your School winner spotlight

From wetlands to reducing waste, Leamington District Secondary School continues to be an environmental leader

Staples Canada has committed funds to schools demonstrating environmental leadership and stewardship through the Superpower Your School contest, held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada. Through the initiative, 10 deserving schools are awarded funds toward the purchase of new technology, including cameras, laptops, printers, drones and tablets, to assist in advancing student education and promote inspirational projects.

In 2017, Leamington District Secondary School (LDSS) submitted its application in the hopes of remodeling its EcoTeam. After becoming one of the 10 schools to win, the students at LDSS developed curriculum-linked lessons about Wetland Conservation for local elementary students.

Using iOS software capable of coding found on the Apple Macbook, they have been able to track local amphibian populations and develop a Marsh Monitoring app to evaluate the overall health and well-being of the local wetland ecosystem. Using the laptops and projectors from Staples, they could better showcase their results and achievements to the broader school population.

Students in the LDSS Environmental High Skills Major program earn their Habitat Restoration certification by removing invasive Phragmites at Hillman Marsh, a local wetland

With the help of a MakerBot 3D printer, LDSS students built biodegradable models for prototyping engineering projects, including environmental monitoring stations. Collectively, this has helped the students reduce the generation of landfill waste each semester – ensuring LDSS remains a local leader in environmental stewardship and responsibility.

LDSS EcoTeam members Abbey Wigle and Chloe Jakob engaged in removing invasive Phragmites at Hillman Marsh, a local wetland.


Recently, Lisa Jeffery, Science Teacher and LDSS EcoTeam Lead, and Brianna Jackson, former EcoTeam member/LDSS student and 2015 Earth Day Canada Youth Hometown Hero Award winner, delivered a presentation at the Ontario Eco School Super Conference on Building an Effective Eco Team.

By supporting the tireless and inspiring work of our teachers and students, there’s no limit to what we can do to help the environment.

To learn more about the Superpower Your School contest, visit www.staples.ca/powereco.

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