Students at École McTavish are receiving $10, 000 for their tree planting initiative.
EcoYolo is a group comprised of three Grade 8 students, Chintan Desai, Raffy Mostafa, Krish Shah, who are focused on growing a healthy tree canopy to replace the ones lost in the wildfire.
Mostafa tells Mix News they will be working with Tree Canada to help with Operation ReLeaf Fort McMurray.
“We decided to partner up with them so that they could give us some trees and we could work together to replant Fort McMurray. We’re working on the youth side, where we can bring out schools and students and Tree Canada is working on the serious end of they side where they just want to plant all the trees.”
The group will receive the $10, 000 donation from Chevrolet Thursday afternoon as part of a ParticipACTION 150 Play List event at MacDonald Island Park.
“We some need funding busing, supplies, and equipment in order to replant trees. We want to bring out students from our own schools to replant these trees, so everybody can have a feeling of what it feels like,” says Mostafa.
The students received their first ever funding from members of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee following their presentation to the committee back in December.
Teacher Robynn Moody says she couldn’t be more proud of her students.
“I find it completely inspiring, I brag about them all the time that they’re go-getters. I certainly wasn’t doing this when I was in grade 8. I just wonder where they’re going to be and what kind of change they’ll be making when they’re in high school or as adults.”