News

Festivities celebrate Earth

Water is good for planet Earth.

So a little precipitation – OK, quite a bit of precipitation – did nothing to dampen spirits and enthusiasm Tuesday at Vernon’s Ellison Elementary School.

It was there that Kim Ondrik’s Grade 6/7 “Ozone” class hosted a community-wide Earth Day Festival for three-and-a-half hours in a steady downpour.

“Rain is good for the Earth,” said Isaac Coombs, one of Ondrik’s students and co-director of the festival with classmate Corbin Kelley.

“The Earth needs a lot of water.”

The class hosted community groups such as the City of Vernon and Regional District of North Okanagan, as well as their peers.

“We have students here from Okanagan Landing Elementary, J.W. Inglis in Lumby and Beairsto,” said Kelley. “We have a lot of different stations that all of the kids can go to.”

Stations included things such as kids receiving free trees to plant, making dreamcatchers in a First Nations’ tepee, water trivia, a watershed model of Greater Vernon, face painting and free munchies such as fruit and vegetable.

Ondrik was doling out scoops of popcorn.

 

“It is an amazing opportunity to watch kids leading kids, as well as everyone’s awareness of the criticality of the natural world,” said Ondrik.

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

B.C. Muslim Association speaks out on gunman
 
South Burnaby streets shut down by suicide threat
 
Burnaby mosque receives threats
Parliament Hill gunman attended Burnaby mosque
 
TIMELINE: An interactive history of terrorist attacks and plots in Canada
 
New cenotaph will be ready, says City
Election 2014: Gayle Martin seeking re-election to Langley City council
 
School district funding formula remains unchanged
 
Court reprieve restores full arsenal of roadside penalties against drunks

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.