Our school council team is currently working towards creating a Butterflyway Oakridge JPS. This is part of the Butterflyway Project – a David Suzuki Foundation initiative to help people create viable pollinator habitats in neighbourhoods across Canada. Being a Bee City School would complement this initiative and provide opportunities to educate the school and community about the importance of bees and pollinator plants and their protection by
We have an existing courtyard garden at Oakridge called the Star Garden. We would like to have an area dedicated to growing some native plants that can be found in pollinator habitats (e.g., black-eyed susan, marjoram, chive, crocus, lilac, foxgloves, bee balm, to name a few).
• Students will learn the importance of pollinators and their role in pollinating certain plants.
• We are planning to begin a compost bin to provide soil for plants.
• We are planning to involve our Kindergarten classes to plant bee-friendly flowers along the fence in their play area.
• We plan to collaborate with Access Point, Cliffcrest Butterflyway, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and other community partners to conduct workshops for parents and students to create balcony gardens.
• With the support of school council, we plan to start Gardens in the Community initiatives that involve parents.
• The Student Ambassadors leading this initiative plan on working with the school council team. Eco Club and the Star Garden committee.