As part of The YMCA Academy’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the entire school participated in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on Friday, September 27. This year we cleaned a section of the Don River shoreline between Pottery Road and Beechwood Drive.

What makes this particular cleanup special is that we joined over 50,000 other Canadians who participated in the same cleanup nationwide. Students had the opportunity to be “citizen scientists”. They were required to categorize and tally all items collected. The data they collected is added to a national research database that is used to assist with environmental assessments.

We had a great turnout and collected over 50 pounds of garbage that afternoon. Wildlife sightings included snakes, fish, birds and a multitude of grasshoppers. Many students commented that they were able to experience a part of Toronto that they didn’t know existed.

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Oct. 4th, 2013 – Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup