Peter Skene Ogden students, Junaya (left) and Jasfia Nielsen hold seed bombs they will be handing out to students after the community-wide clean up on April 23 for Earth Day. Millar Hill photo.

Peter Skene Ogden students organize community-wide clean up

Environmental Club will also hand out seed bombs on April 23

The annual Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School (PSO) community clean up is set to take place on April 23.

The clean up will begin shortly after school starts and run until lunch. Teachers can sign their classes up, select from a map of the community and clean up the designated area. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided.

“We have an annual clean up every year, but we wanted to try something different and offer the students an initiative to participate,” said Tai St. Pierre, who teaches Social Studies at PSO. “So, we are having a free barbecue at lunch for anyone who participates. We are hoping this will encourage the students to participate.”

The parent advisory committee has raised money to provide the free lunch. There will be veggie burgers and refreshments.

RELATED: Earth Day 2019

“This year, we are encouraging plant-based diets by providing veggie burgers, instead of beef, at lunch to those who participate in our Earth Day initiative,” said Jasfia Nielsen, a member of the PSO Environmental Club. “I’m excited to see how the students will get involved this year. We are doing a lot more than past years.”

Protecting endangered species is the overall theme for Earth Day 2019. The club is creating information booths on endangered species, such as bees.

“We are also handing out seed bombs, which are these things you throw and once it rains they will grow flowers,” said Nielsen. “We decided to hand these out because flowers attract bees.”

The seed bombs are palm-sized balls of clay containing soil and flower seeds mixed in. They are wrapped in a biodegradable tissue paper and tied up with a string of hemp. As soon as it rains, the tissue paper will begin to dissolve and the flower sprouting process will begin.

“I think participating in an event such as this, installs a good mindset and creates good habits,” Nielsen said. “It encourages the idea of taking care of our communities and the environment we live in.

“That is something I’ve become more aware of since joining the PSO Environmental Club. It helped me become more involved.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

On a journey with Forest Grove artist Neil Pinkett

Art by Neil Pinkett will be on display at Parkside Art Gallery from May 17 - June 15

South Green Lake VFD busy with live fire training, runaway grass fire and garage sale

SGLVFD busy with live fire training, runaway grass fire and May 19… Continue reading

Convicted animal abuser to return to B.C. court May 21

Catherine Jessica Adams is facing a breach of probation charge

108 Mile Ranch Lions all set for Annual Pig Roast

The roast will be on June 8 at the 108 Community Hall

Vancouver Whitecaps and the MLS transfer window

A weekly sports column from the 100 Mile Free Press

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

B.C. residential school survivor’s indomitable human spirit centre of school play

Terrace theatre company plans to revive Nisga’a leader Larry Guno’s Bunk #7 next year

B.C. ferry stops to let black bear swim past near Nanaimo

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Most Read