Fri, 14 Jun, 2013
Four students from Edmonton Public Schools were selected to participate in “Minister for the Day” during Environment Week (June 2 to 8). The foursome – Emma Klein from McKernan, Jaxson Hawreluk from Glenora, Mais Abu-Sa’da from Malmo and Keltie Stewart from Bisset – were part of a group of twelve Grade 5 students selected from approximately 1600 contestants from across the province.
The “Minister for the Day” program, sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Resources, focuses on what Grade 5 students would do to take care of the environment. During their day at the Legislature, the students learned more about governing the environment and personal stewardship, and they had the opportunity to share their concerns and ideas with Minister Diana McQueen. They also toured the Legislature including the Minister’s Office, Mock Legislature and participated in a real media event with the Minister.
Student Emma Klein says, “The day was great because it is a unique opportunity that not a lot of students get. I really liked meeting Minister McQueen. I pledge to walk, ride my bike, carpool and take public transit in order to reduce air pollution.”
Her teacher Jason Ludwar adds, “It was a wonderful learning opportunity for these twelve students and their teachers. Everyone had the chance to experience firsthand what Minister McQueen and her staff are trying to do: work towards a better environment and a healthier, sustainable Alberta.”
Visit the Ministry’s blog for more pictures and to watch video of the mini ministers sharing their ideas with Minister McQueen: http://aesrd.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/grade-5-students-become-environment-ministers.