It was another glorious day at the the Evergreen Brick Works for day 3 of our Kids' World of Energy Festival and Partner's Breakfast. Also an annual tradition, the Partners' Breakfast is a chance to celebrate the successes of the TREC family of organizations with friends, family and supporters and our way of saying thanks to everyone for their hard work and commitment to environmental education.
We are especially grateful to our guest speakers who reflected on why educating today for a renewable energy future is so critical, lauded our work and gave us new ideas about how we can reach new and more audiences in the year ahead. Toronto City Councilor, Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth), started off by reminding us of the urgency to address climate change and lauded the work of TREC Education and Evergreen in inspiring the next generation to become green leaders. Toronto District School Board Trustee, Sheila Cary-Meagher, spoke of the power of education to influence life long attitude, decisions and behaviors, reminded of the power of small acts and explained how the TDSB EcoSchools Program instills an attitude of environmental stewardship among students, teachers and the broader school community. And last but not least, Steve Bibla, Science and Technology Program Coordinator for the TDSB emphasized the importance of experiential, hands on learning for students, but also for teachers as a training method. It was suggested that next year we could precede our students days with a PD for teachers to give them hands-on interaction with renewable energy technologies so they are better equipped for the classroom. We like that idea; watch this space to see how it evolves.
After breakfast and presentations guests were taken on a tour of the Festival to see for themselves how much fun learning can be. The following quote from one guest sums it up: "I can't believe how engaged the kids are!"
Thanks to all who came out for the PArtners' Breakfast and to the almost 600 kids and 50 volunteers who joined us for the Festival today.
Stay tuned for Day 4 and visit from the Minister of Energy tomorrow.