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Cresthaven PS Students are Wild about Polar Bears

Cresthaven PS Students are Wild about Polar Bears

Sunday, March 05, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

February 27th was International Day of the Polar Bear and all 200 students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 at Cresthaven Public School took to the streets in their Leslie and Finch community in a Polar Bear Walk. The students and staff all wore white hats to symbolize the bears and carried signs urging passerby to help save the bears and reduce their energy use. They received many honks of support and friendly waves from passing motorists who were surprised to see the parade of enthusiastic polar bear supporters take to the streets in the middle of the day. The students walked up to 6.5 km to represent the more than 5000 km that polar bears walk each year during their hunting season.

Throughout the month of February, students learned about polar bears and the impact of climate change on their ability to survive.  Global warming is causing sea ice to melt more rapidly and earlier each spring. Polar bears rely on sea ice for hunting. Many polar bears are struggling to find sea ice, left swimming for days or drifting out to sea on ice flows when there is a lack of solid sea ice. Too many polar bears find it difficult to survive.

The school’s Eco Club organized some special movie days where students could come watch a polar bear themed movie at lunch. A teacher on staff hand-made some adorable polar bear hats for a school raffle. The students collected toonies, featuring the Canadian icon, to be donated to the World Wildlife Federation to help protect polar bears. During the month of February, a total of $350 was raised by this small but mighty school. Thanks Cresthaven for showing you care and doing so much to help the polar bears!

For more information about Polar Bears and the World Wildlife Federation, visit http://www.wwf.ca

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