Ladysmith Secondary School’s Green Team needs your help

The LSS Green Team is hoping to receive grant money for eco-friendly initiatives and is asking for the public's votes.

The Ladysmith Secondary School Green Team is hoping its efforts will garner a little green as the B.C. Green Games gets closer to the finish line.

The team is up against 110 other schools across the province that are showcasing eco-friendly initiatives they’ve undertaken in the last year.

There are several prize grants up for grabs, and LSS is eligible for up to $2,500.

Their powerpoint presentation, LSS Green Team is Going Green, highlights several green initiatives, including their involvement in the BC Energy Ambassadors Program, the C2C program and a school beautification project which saw the installation of a new garden in front of the school.

“We took a broad approach so we could include everything we’ve done,” said Shelley Gvojich, LSS instructor in charge of the Green Team.

Working with the C2C program, the Green Team learned about the practices involved in salmon restoration.

“Students went out to local streambeds to participate in the capturing of fish (electrofishing) and sperm and egg collection. In addition to this, students were involved in eel grass mapping and in the future will be a part of increasing area through new planting,” the presentation states.

The LSS Green Team is made up of about eight core members, but each project has seen the involvement of up to 30 students.

No decision has been made on what will be done with the grant money if LSS’s submission wins.

“We’ve been throwing ideas around, but until you know how much you get, it’s hard to say,” Gvojich said. “The kids have lots of fantastic ideas on what they want to use it for.”

Some of those have included paperless classrooms and a school organic garden.

The team would also like to build on the beautification project.

“We have applied for more greening grants in terms of in front of the school,” Gvojich said.

The BC Green Games is presented by Science World and offers grants for both secondary and elementary schools.

There is also an energy-specific grant, which is selected by BC Hydro.

Another grant is awarded by online votes accumulated, which means local residents are encouraged to lend a helping hand and vote for the project online by March 31. at  by March 31.

The LSS presentation is also available for viewing at that address.