By Sarah Kuhn. Photos by Alpha Enviro.
Alpha’s Enviro Club, the main environmental group within the school, has been active throughout the year. From raising baby salmon in classrooms to organizing events like “Dining in the Dark”, their actions through the school have had an overall positive effect. To spread this positivity to younger students, the Alpha Enviro Club travelled to Lochdale Elementary on January 27th to lead various workshops. At these workshops, members of the Enviro Club taught Students in Grades 2-4 students to reuse newspapers and make newspaper bags.
The bags they learned to make are extremely beneficial for the environment, as they are reusable and cost almost nothing to make. Senior students Sonya Kung, Claudia Wong, Jeannette Yuen, Carrie Ng, Shania Tiu, Tina Cheuk, Jessica Cheng, Jasmine Dobbin, Tiffany Tang, Victor Yin, and Kelly Chow were all involved in these workshops. Alpha’s Enviro Club is also associated with the Burnaby Youth Sustainability Network, which connects all high school green teams in Burnaby.
Sonya Kung, the chair of Enviro Club, answered some questions for us regarding the workshops. “I figured these environmental workshops would be an excellent way to connect with the community, especially with the younger grades. I thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to connect with students about high school, climate justice, and environmentalism.” According to Sonya, past workshops at other schools have also influenced and inspired young students to get involved in high school. “We’ve done these workshops last year as well, at Aubrey, Brentwood, and Rosser Elementary with students in Grades 6 and 7, and they’ve all had positive outcomes. In fact, students entering Grade 8 have been joining clubs and becoming involved with the school.”