The students and staff of West Terrace Primary were yesterday commended by the Minister of Environment Dr Denis Lowe for maintaining the school’s environmental programme.
After touring the St James property, following a ceremony to mark World Environment Week, Lowe said the school was one of the final recipients of funding from the ministry’s Grant Fund To Non-Profit Organizations during Environment Month, 2013.
He said the funds disbursed to the school were in the amount of $35,000, and that from what he had seen during the tour, the money was well spent.
“Clearly they put a lot of work into it, and it is really a testimony to how young people can be socialized. I am very pleased with the commitment of the school, principal and teachers,” he said.
Lowe also praised the vibrant 4-H Club at the school, which he said was a good sign. He said that just a few years ago it was noticed that some of these clubs needed to be revitalized.
The school has purchased four 1,000-gallon water tanks, has a greenhouse, flourishing garden and an active recycling project. The overarching objective of the project, adopted by the school for the past 12 years, was to promote environmental stewardship among the students through enhancement of the school environment, as well as the development of marketable entrepreneurial skills, through hands-on work.
The project was not only designed to beautify the school environs, but executed as part of the day-to-day learning and development of its students. In addition, the general ambience of the school plant has been enhanced, not only for the students and teachers, but also for the extended West Terrace community.
During the ceremony yesterday, the West Terrace students give Minister Lowe and his team an insight into how they felt about a sustainable Barbados through song and drama.