Storyteller Scroll: Civics Class Pitches In

  • Published on Sep 27 2011 |
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By Jennifer Gautreau

Students at Dow's Lake

Teachers Brad Boucher and Dave Imbleau walked with their Grade 10 Civics classes to take part in The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Dow’s Lake. Together with their 45 students they made the hour long trek on September 20th from St. X Pius High School. It was Brad Boucher who found out about the Cleanup on the Volunteer Ottawa website and thought it would be a good way to fulfill some of the mandates of his Civics class. Mr. Boucher realized that it would be a chance for the students to make use of an important park setting as well get involved in a good cause. Many of his students had never been to Dow’s Lake and were not aware that such a beautiful space existed within the urban centre. Prior to this Cleanup, the students had been involved in a schoolyard cleanup but nothing beyond the confines of school property.

Even though they were surprised at how little garbage there was, Mr. Boucher said that “the kids gained an appreciation for their environment and felt good about something they did.” The garbage they did pick up was mostly food wrappers and plastic bottles. It was a good visual reminder of how everything we use needs to be disposed of properly. A simple picnic can produce garbage that becomes a problem for wildlife.

Thanks to Mr. Boucher, Mr. Imbleau and all of their students that participated in the Cleanup. Dow’s Lake is cleaner because of their efforts. As Executive Director John McDonnell stated at a Cleanup event later in the day, CPAWS wants people to get out and enjoy our parks at the same time as helping to preserve them. These Grade 10 Civics students certainly played their part.