Changing the world, one tree at a time

Secondary students across Simcoe County are participating in the ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Challenge for the next month, and they have already started some impressive projects!

ChangeTheWorld is funded by the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), and is a province-wide campaign for youth volunteers aged 14 to 18. The goal of the campaign is to inspire youth to volunteer, develop new skills and broaden their awareness of community service organizations.

As part of this initiative, Specialist High Skills Major students in the Environmental program at Georgian Bay District Secondary School (GBDSS) were busy planting trees in the Waubaushene area. They learned from and partnered with the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA).

“A grant from the County of Simcoe makes it possible for these tree planting events to take place,” commented Michelle Hudolin, Wetlands & Habitat Biologist with the SSEA. “It’s truly a collaborative effort and it’s great seeing students get involved in this environmental initiative.”

The SSEA recently worked with Grade 7 and 8 students at Mundy’s Bay Public School in Midland to plant 500 tree saplings.

In addition to planting the saplings, the SSEA talked to the students about different tree species and the environment needed for successful planting.

What a great effort from our students so far!

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