North Delta Secondary’s cafeteria was a flurry of excitement last Friday (Dec. 4) when the school’s Green Team hosted a Christmas crafting event with Grade 2 and 3 students from Richardson Elementary.
Creativity ran wild as students made a variety of environmentally friendly crafts – including sock snowmen and pine cone Christmas trees.
Sylvia Wolf, a science teacher and Green Team sponsor at the high school, said the students wanted to find a way to reduce holiday waste.
“The students gathered all the materials,” said Wolf. “They scrounged for every piece to find reusable, recyclable materials.”
Green Team members Prabhjot Bajwa, and Ravjot Gill spearheaded the event.
Bajwa, a Grade 12 student, originally wanted to make Christmas cards, but credits Gill, a Grade 11 student, for pushing the team to “go bigger.”
“Last year, we only had six members, and now we have 20, so Ravjot kept saying we should go big,” said Bajwa.
Some of the crafting ideas came from the students’ own youth, while others were found online.
“We had some ideas – like the toilet paper flowers, I use to make those – and then we looked online for others,” said Gill.
Sharon Cruz, a Grade 3 teacher at Richardson Elementary, believes the event goes beyond creating environmental empathy.
“It’s great relationship building between the little and big kids,” said Cruz.
The Green Team hopes this will be an annual event.
“We want to make changes,” said Bajwa. “Even if they’re small.”