Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter has welcomed the news that both Dungog Primary School and Muswellbrook High School were successful in their respective application for a $3,500 Eco Schools Program grant, which helps instil environmental awareness and appreciation in children.
Mr Johnsen said the NSW Environmental Trust grants would help Dungog Primary School and Muswellbrook High School to implement local and practical environmental education initiatives.
“Dungog Primary School have proposed a project called School organic permaculture garden, whilst Muswellbrook High School have proposed a focus centre food garden,” Mr Johnsen said.
Seventy-eight primary and secondary schools were successful in applying for the program, which this year has provided more than $270,000 in grants.
The Eco Schools grants will help young people to learn and value the natural environment.
“These grants support environmental understanding for our local students. They help educate students on the importance of protecting the environment in our Upper Hunter electorate for future generations,” Mr Johnsen continued.
“All of the primary and secondary school children participating in these innovative environmental projects will transfer their learning to peers, family and communities, which will generate an environmental legacy in Upper Hunter.”
Mr Johnsen visited Muswellbrook High School this week to meet with students and teachers whose school will benefit from the grant.
“This funding will enable the FOCUS Centre to implement some wonderful learning activities in our outdoor environment, where we have vegetables, herb gardens and an orchard. We use the produce for cooking and also develop science, maths and literacy lessons around our hands-on tasks,” said M/s Kathy Quinn, the Focus Centre teacher at Muswellbrook High School.
M/s Quinn continued, “These skills assist students in many ways which is important for those with additional needs in the school structure. We are excited with the potential this provides us.”
“I encourage educators and members of our local Upper Hunter school communities to consider implementing environmental programs, and to apply for future rounds of Environmental Trust Eco Schools grants,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
To see the full list of recipients and project descriptions, visit: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/2015-eco-schools.htm