Holy Family Catholic Regional Division warmly congratulates Rosary School students Keana Patajo and McKayla Ambury who placed 7th in the Caring for our Watersheds Program. This program, which has been running in central Alberta for over 10 years, asks students to submit a project idea that will improve their watershed, and supports the implementation of their idea. The local program hosts, the Battle River Watershed Alliance, together with the program sponsor Nutrien, award $12,000 total to the top 10 projects and their schools. After presenting their project to the judging panel in Wetaskawin, Keana and McKayla won $450 for themselves plus a matching cash prize for Rosary School.
“Rosary School is very proud of Keana and McKayla’s award-winning proposal to the Caring for our Watersheds Program. Out of over 150 proposals, we are thrilled that they won 7th place,” said Rosary School Principal Laurie Goyetche. “Keana and McKayla’s proposal is very creative and would encourage more people to recycle.”
Keana and McKayla’s winning proposal suggested increasing the number of recycle bins in the Town of Manning. They would first obtain approval from town council for their project. Then they would begin the collection of recycling every Sunday. They also proposed adding ‘recycling bin voting boxes’ throughout town which would be an easily accessible way for residents to recycle glass bottles, pop cans, and cardboard on the go. A question would be posted above two boxes, with an answer to the question above each box. Residents would cast their vote by placing an item for recycling in the box that represents their choice. They would change the question every one or two weeks.
The Caring for our Watersheds Program is an annual educational competition that invites proposals from students across Alberta. The program rewards students and schools who submit the most creative, thought-provoking and innovative ideas. The program also provides $10,000 every year to help students implement their ideas.