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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Earth Month Community Clean Up Events

 APRIL 26, 2019

During Earth Month (April), there are community environmental events where participation of TCDSB schools is encouraged. 
The City of Toronto’s - Clean Toronto Together Campaign:
School Cleanup Day , Friday April 26, 2019
Community Clean-up Days, Saturday April, 27 & Sunday, April 28, 2019
The City Park Clean-up – April 22 to April 26, 2019 (grades 1 to 8)
TCDSB has displayed a phenomenal participation rate and demonstrated our Board’s commitment to our community and the environment. In response to the City of Toronto’s invitation, the Board encourages all schools and administrative sites to participate in the Clean Toronto Together Campaign. On Friday April 20, 2018 pitch in to clean up the grounds around your school. Here’s your chance to show Toronto how your school pitched in to clean Toronto together.
For information on the City of Toronto Clean Up Event:
To receive a Clean-up Kit, you must register on the City of Toronto website, this registration will count towards the TCDSB’s participation. Participation in the cleanup also counts to your EcoSchool Certification. EcoSchools Environmental Stewardship School Ground Clean Up Campaign Guide.
Each school that registers will receive a Clean-up Kit including: free GLAD litter & recycling bags, gloves and educational materials. Please register early, before Friday March 29, 2019 as there is a limited quantity of these kits. Kits will be provided on a first come first serve basis. The remainder of bags and gloves must be provided by the schools. Due to the high demand for gloves, Secondary Schools will not be provided gloves this year.
The following links can assist staff:, for additional tools and  courtesy of Earth Day Canada to give the schools more details on how they can participate and engage their students on these important initiatives.
Students are to be cautioned against picking up any broken glass, sharp objects or animal droppings. Please instruct them to identify these objects to the supervisory personnel in attendance. Schools should bring a first aid kit with them to their clean-up area, and students should be accompanied by a staff person trained in First aid treatment.
 The bags are to be returned to our schools and placed in the appropriate containers. This is to reduce the carbon footprint of trucks being used to collect this waste. It is suggested that students be divided into teams of recycling material and garbage material. During the Clean Up, students and teachers are asked to clean up litter in any public place – school grounds, streets, parks etc. Participants should bring small plastic grocery bags from home for litter collection. Now plastic grocery bags are recyclable. When the bags are emptied place them inside one bag and place them in the recycling container.                      
Scheduling a City Park Clean Up – Spring 2019 (all grades)  
Due to the growing demand for the Park clean-ups, the City is now asking all interested schools to also register online here. (this link is for school cleanup) The City will contact the Park Supervisor about a clean-up. Teachers will need to have the following information:
  1. The exact name and location of the park they would like to clean-up,
  2. The name of their school
  3. The number of students wishing to participate
  4. The school’s contact information, including the teacher's name, phone number and School Board (not personal) e-mail address.
 It is important to provide this information as the Park Supervisor will need to know the date of the clean up (any time between April 22 to April 26, 2019) to avoid a conflict with any other groups interested in cleaning the same park.
The City of Toronto will advise the Board how many schools will be participating in these events.
For both events the following should be included:
1) Prayer services to be used during earth week -  Earth Day Prayer Service
2) Schools must bring a first aid kit with them to their clean-up area, and students should be accompanied by a staff person trained in first aid treatment
Participation in events like these allows students to live the Catholic Graduate Expectation of becoming responsible citizens, as they do their part to help create a clean and beautiful Toronto. The leadership project may be championed by a student leadership team, an environmental club, the chaplaincy team, a science or social science class or staff and students who are passionate about environmental issue (i.e. Eco Team). We would ask that all schools include their custodial staff as partners in this initiative.
For Information, please contact Stefan Martens at 416-222-8282 ext. 2177 or
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