Learn to reduce, reuse and recycle

Pitt Meadows takes a unique approach to get students conscious about zero waste

Students at Davie Jones, Edith McDermott, Highland Park and Pitt Meadows elementary schools were treated to a unique theatrical presentation last week to learn how to reduce their waste, buy less stuff and keep everything within a cycle of re-use. DreamRider Theatre’s production Zero Heroes follows superhero Esmeralda Superspy and her sidekick Goober, who must come to the planet’s rescue against the evil Dr. Carbon. Throughout the story, DreamRider Theatre’s founders Sara Holt, Vanessa LeBourdais and Ian Gschwind teach children a new way of thinking about everything they use and buy.  “We introduce the fundamentals of environmental awareness to school-age children and inspire them to take positive action, and to pass that inspiration on to their families and communities,” LeBourdais explained.City Director of Operations Kim Grout, who attended one of the performances,  was impressed with both the message and the delivery.  “This is how we get people to change their behaviour – you could see that the kids get it,” she said. “Hopefully the message is carried home and we continue to see a reduction in garbage and diversion away from waste streams.” “It was excellent – great fun, and the message was very clearly presented. Students from kindergarten all the way up to the Grade 7s were engaged and entertained,” Edith McDermott principal elementary Donna Heikkila added.Parents are reminded to check their children’s backpacks for the Planet Protector handbook and pledge form. Children can complete the pledge and enter their school into a draw for $1000 for their school art program. • Learn ways to be more green by visiting the city’s website at www.pittmeadows.bc.ca