Mississauga School Scores Finalist Spot in Prestigious Competition

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With environmental consciousness top of mind for many and Earth Day on the horizon, it's exciting to see a Mississauga school excel in an important national contest.

A hundred schools across Canada—including a school in Mississauga—are now one step closer to winning $25,000 in technology in the Superpower Your School Contest, a competition run by Staples.

The Mississauga School that managed to crack the top 100 is Castlebridge Public School (located in the Glen Erin and Thomas Street area).

The school stands apart because it's a certified Ontario Eco-School that boasts a recycling program, printer/toner recycling, boomerang lunches, energy monitors, waste audits, indoor planting with Aeroponics Tower Gardens and more.

The school also offers Walk/Bike to School Wednesdays.

Recently, Staples Canada announced the regional finalists for its contest, which recognizes elementary and secondary schools that are helping the environment by implementing innovative eco-programs. According to Staples, the 100 schools will now advance to a second round of judging. During the second round, 10 schools from five different regions will be selected to receive $25,000 each towards the purchase of new technology from Staples Canada.

The final 10 winning schools announced April 22.

"Our judges were blown away by the quality and scale of some of the eco programs that these schools are implementing," said Mary Sagat, president of Staples Canada. "Their passion for making a difference is inspiring. We thank all of the schools who entered the contest and congratulate the 100 finalists for their outstanding commitment to doing their part to improve the environment."

The contest, which is entering its seventh year, is held in collaboration with Earth Day Canada. This year, contest runners saw more than 700 entries from public elementary and secondary schools across Canada.

"It's been amazing to see the level of innovation and creative thinking happening in our schools," said Deb Doncaster, president of Earth Day Canada. "The next generation of environmental leaders are very dedicated to the cause, and they're ready to take action now."

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