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REPORTING · 3rd May 2013
Walter McFarlane
Mrs. Mouland’s Grade 2/3 class was on the riverbanks near the Giant Spruce as a part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-Up on Thursday, April 25th.

“The Philanthropy club started when we saw a need to find a solution for Cloe’s mobility on trails. That’s when we started raising money. When we saw how the community supported a project that had so much merit for our community, we realized that a group of 7, 8, 9 year olds had a lot of power. We decided we were going to start this year forming a philanthropy club because we felt so good about what we are able to accomplish with that fundraising effort, plus we ended up with the rare problem of an excess of money,” said Mouland.

The class has been studying the effects of garbage on the waterways as a part of a larger project. The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup was brought to the students and they wished to be a part of it. Going online they found there was no site coordinator for the clean-up of Radley Park. The students signed on as the coordinators and they felt it would be a good start for the cleanup. They hope to build on it for next year when they hope to open it up to the community.

The Philanthropy Club has other projects.

They raised about $16,000 for their $7000 project so they need to decide what to do with the excess money. They are in the process of opening an endowment fund so they can purchase other equipment for adaptive sport equipment for community members.

Now they want to see how much more they can do, such as the shoreline cleanup and other projects which they and the rest of the school can do. They are keeping the play bush near Nechako Elementary School free of garbage.

When they heard of the humanitarian group, Beyond Boarding, it fit in with what they were doing. Mouland thought it would be good for the students to see young adults do projects which parallel their projects. They joined the students for the cleanup.

Beyond boarding is snowboarding group, who also does humanitarian work. They are traveling in a bus that runs on used vegetable oil. They did a trip around Vancouver Island, and now they’re going through Northern BC and Alberta. They are looking at alternative fuels and energies and showing that it is possible to make positive change.

Mouland told us at the end of the year, they are going to open the philanthropy club up to the rest of the school and continue the work which they have started this year, while allowing the rest of the school to participate in the club as well.

They are also collecting cigarette butts, the cellophane wrap from around them and doing a count. They are going to be sent to Terra-Cycle who will up cycle them. Every cigarette butt gets sent in and earns money which will go towards humanitarian and philanthropy projects.

What did they find on the riverbank? Garbage, recyclable materials, plastic bags, broken glass and nails… a lot of nails which were attributed to the burning of palettes along riverbank. Beyond Boarding asked the people of Kitimat who use the riverbank to remember to clean up after themselves.
a minute digging through an old firepit yeilded this many nails
a minute digging through an old firepit yeilded this many nails
Kita Harwood, Mya Hitch and Janek Nijjer work along a spot on the riverbank
Kita Harwood, Mya Hitch and Janek Nijjer work along a spot on the riverbank
The trash which was collected
The trash which was collected
Rachel, Lena, Camryn, Mikkeila and Emma take some time away from the project to examin an old tree fort.
Rachel, Lena, Camryn, Mikkeila and Emma take some time away from the project to examin an old tree fort.
Superstars
Comment by Lucy McRae on 3rd May 2013
A long time ago, from 1958 to 1966 I attended Nechako School. I am so very proud of these students from my old school. They are my heroes! Thank you for helping to clean up Kitimat's beautiful outdoors.
Way to go!
Comment by Phil Germuth on 3rd May 2013
Great job by all involved- thanks.