New schools pledge support for the Great Barrier Reef

Published: 25/05/2012

St Lawrence State School is among 11 new schools showing their support for the Great Barrier Reef by signing up for the Reef Guardian Schools program.

The 11 schools have joined over 111,000 students from over 285 schools across the state taking part in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's environmental education program.

GBRMPA Reef Guardians Director Karen Vohland congratulated the schools on joining the program that will see students become stewards for the Reef.

"We're delighted these 11 schools are now Reef Guardians and we hope they will inspire other schools in the area to follow their lead," Ms Vohland said.

"As the future custodians of the Reef, these students have an important role to play in the future of this great Australian icon."

The Reef Guardian Schools program gives students the opportunity to get involved in projects to improve their local environment and the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef.

"The Reef Guardian Schools program gives teachers access to environmental-themed curriculum material, and students are involved in activities both in and outside the classroom to help protect the Reef.

"Through the program, schools have undertaken energy audits, created worm farms, grown their own fruit and vegetables and taken part in local litter clean ups.

"The program also encourages schools to create partnerships with local environmental groups and get involved in local, state and federal government environment initiatives aimed at protecting the Reef."

The other new schools to join the program are:
Nebo State School, Northview State School and Hampden State School – Mackay
Swayneville State School and Sarina State High School – Sarina
Pimlico State High School – Townsville
Ayr State High School – Ayr
Gooburrum State School – Bundaberg
Tully State School and Mount Molloy State School – Cairns and Far Northern region
Tannum Sands State School – Gladstone region.

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