May 28, 2014
A Grade 5 student at Teepee Creek School in Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is one of 12 students from across Alberta who have been selected for the upcoming 2014 Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) ‘Minister for the Day’ Challenge.
Kyley Binks, a student in Raye Holwell’s class at Teepee Creek School, will learn what it is like to be Alberta’s Minister of ESRD when she travels to Edmonton with her teacher on June 2, 2014.
“It was so sudden and surprising that I could barely keep from yelling out, ‘I am going to Edmonton!’ as I entered the classroom. I was so excited that I almost couldn’t contain myself. That morning, when Mom told me I was going to have a great day, she was right!” says Kyley Binks.
The program, in operation since 2002, gives Grade 5 students the opportunity to provide their ideas on their environmental priorities if they were to become Minister for the Day, and how they might motivate Albertans to lessen their impacts on the environment. To qualify for the program, students must display an understanding of ESRD priorities by completing a booklet covering science and social studies curriculum. In completing the booklet, students must apply their learning about air, water, waste, biodiversity and related conservation actions.
“It was a really proud moment to be able to share the acceptance letter with Kyley. I’m so excited that a student from a small school would be one of 12 accepted from the more than 1,800 entrants across Alberta,” says Ms. Holwell.
Completed booklets are judged by volunteer ESRD department staff, with only 12 students and their teachers selected to participate in the full-day event in Edmonton. As Minister for the Day, students learn more about governing the environment and personal stewardship, share their concerns and ideas with the Minister, tour the Legislature and Minister’s Office, and participate in a mock Legislature and a real media event with the Minister.
For more information about the Minister for the Day Challenge, visit http://www.environment.gov.ab.ca/edu/mftd/.
Photo caption: Kyley Binks, a Grade 5 student at Teepee Creek School, is one of 12 students selected for the 2014 Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) ‘Minister for a Day’ Challenge in Edmonton on June 2, 2014.