January 10, 2013 -
The students at St. Charles Catholic Elementary School have collected thousands of pine cones this year to support the Wild at Heart Animal Refuge Centre in Lively. The centre needs the pine cones to feed some of the smaller animals in the winter. These caring students collected these cones in the fall as a part of their Dearness Conservation "Direction" challenge (East Eagles, South Turtles, West Buffalos and North Bears). Students were asked to try to each bring in 1 closed pine cone, which would be 330 pine cones for the Centre. The response was overwhelming as some students brought in hundreds of cones each! "What a great response by our students," stated Laura Stirrett, vice principal of the school. "The virtue of the month for January is responsibility - and we are so proud of our students for recognizing that is all of our responsibility to take care of the earth and all of its inhabitants!"