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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Earth Month Community Clean Up Events

April 22, 2020

 
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. During the month of April, everyone is encouraged to pitch in to clean up the grounds around their school and community. 
 
Registration for the 17th annual spring cleanup will open on Monday, March 2, 2020
 
                     
The City of Toronto’s - 2020 Clean Toronto Together Campaign Dates:
 
 
School Cleanup Day - Friday, April 24 or Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (Earth Day)
Community Clean-up Days, Saturday, April, 25 & Sunday, April 26, 2020
The City Park Clean-up – April 22 to April 26, 2020 (grades 1 to 8)

During Earth Month (April), there are community environmental events where participation of TCDSB schools is encouraged. Each school that registers will receive a Clean-up Kit including: free GLAD litter & recycling bags, gloves and educational materials. Please register early 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.​
To receive a Clean-up Kit, you must register your school on the City of Toronto website. Participation in the cleanup also counts to your EcoSchool Certification. EcoSchools Environmental Stewardship School Ground Clean Up Campaign Guide.​

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.
Resources and Information:
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 and include their custodial staff as partners in this initiative.
 
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.                      ​

Additional resources:
 
 
Scheduling a City Park Clean Up – Spring 2020 (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 to avoid a conflict with any other groups interested in cleaning the same park.
 
For Information, please contact the Environmental Services Department at 416-222-8282 ext. 2384.  ​​
 
 
 
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