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Grade 5 Students Become Environment “Minister for the Day” at Legislature

Environment Ministers of the Day 2016Twelve Grade 5 students from across Alberta came together to talk environment and get a taste of being Minister for the Day.

During the day these “mini-ministers” toured the Legislature and discussed their ideas for environmental protection and sustainable development in a mock news conference with Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.

The Minister for the Day program has been running since 2003 and supports the Grade 5 curriculum in Alberta schools. Students are challenged to share their ideas on how Albertans can become better stewards of the environment. Minister for the Day is part of Alberta’s Environment Week celebrations that take place this year from June 5-11.

“This event always receives many excellent submissions, and this year was no exception. It’s very rewarding to see young Albertans who are dedicated to environmental stewardship and to hear their perspectives on important topics.”

Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks

“Learning opportunities like this help us all to realize that a healthier environment means a healthier life for all of us.”

Ian Lee, Grade 5 student, École Good Shepherd School, Okotoks

“The Minister for the Day program is a great learning experience that aligns with our curriculum. It helped my class learn a range of important information concerning the environment while becoming super stewardship members. Congratulations to all students; great work!”

Marlene Taylor, Grade 5 teacher, Viking School, Viking

Quick facts

  • There were 1,133 applications from 47 schools
  • The 12 finalists represent their communities of Airdrie, Ardrossan, Calgary, Drayton Valley, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Okotoks, Red Deer, Stony Plain, Viking and Wainwright.

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