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The Northland Regional Council has begun presenting cheques to the five Far North schools which are sharing a $5550 slice of this year’s Environmental Curriculum Awards (ECAs).
Far North-based regional council member Bronwyn Hunt is pictured at Opua School, which she visited on Thursday 19 July to deliver the first of a series of five cheques to Far North winners as part of the council’s 2012 awards delivery roadshow.
The annual $20,000 awards aim to foster excellence in environmental education, with schools eligible for up to $2000 each for their efforts to educate children ‘in, about and for’ the region’s environment.
This year 18 award winners across Northland will receive between $350 and $2000 each for their 19 projects. Five winning schools are based in the Far North; Horeke School ($1500), Okaihau College ($1400), Opua School ($1400), Okaihau Primary School ($900) and Te Tii School ($350).
Their cheques will be presented by either Cr Hunt or fellow councillor Joe Carr from mid-July to mid-August.
Meanwhile, of the remaining winners, 11 are based in the Whangarei district and two in Kaipara.
The ECAs recognise and support the environmental education efforts put in by more than 2000 Northland students (aged five to 18) in more than 100 classes and/or school student environmental groups.