Local poster competition brings a tree to St. Thomas Aquinas school

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KAWARTHA LAKES: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Lindsay celebrated the recent addition of a maple tree, to their school landscape on Tuesday, October 19th.

The tree was given to them by the Retired Teachers of Ontario District 18 as one of four schools to take part in the Combat Climate Crisis poster competition.

“The winner of the contest was to have a tree planted at their school. Each school got a tree planted. The winner got an individual art kit and a dedication stone engraved with their name, to be placed nearby the tree,” Roberta Fuller from Retired Teachers of Ontario told The Standard.

The competition started last year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schools were unable to host a dedication ceremony for the tree until this year. As well as St. Thomas Aquinas, other participating schools included I.E. Weldon, Fenelon Falls Secondary School and Haliburton Highlands High School.

Students could use any art form to make the poster. St. Thomas Aquinas’ winner was Faith Kinghorn.

“I’m really proud of myself and really thankful for this opportunity. It really means a lot to me. This is a great school,” Ms. Kinghorn said.

She also explained what she wanted to portray in the poster, “I really wanted to show that if we don’t start changing things or making a change, things will get worse.”

Teacher Clara Leahy complimented Ms. Kinghorn’s work in this contest, “It’s a fantastic poster, and it really speaks to the necessity of what we need to do. This isn’t a time where we can wait anymore. We need sustainable action.”

Ms. Fuller talked about why the Retired Teachers of Ontario District 18 decided to hold this contest.

“I think it’s very important. Climate change and global warming is something we all have to consider now,” she said. “I thought it was appropriate, and my executive agreed.”

Dan Cearns, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Standard Newspaper

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