2 October, 2017

McKay Public School – School of the Year

by Ian Brown, Fairtrade Canada

In a series of blog posts, we are pleased to be showcasing the winners of the 2016 Canadian Fairtrade Awards. The Canadian Fairtrade Awards recognize exceptional Fairtrade supporters and are an opportunity to celebrate all of the great work done in the year by businesses, organizations and individuals.

The 2016 winner of School of the Year is McKay Public School in Port Colborne - Ontario’s first Fair Trade School. The students and staff at McKay have been engaging with partners and their community, and have brought fair trade to the classroom and beyond.

Here are a few details about McKay’s engagement with fair trade that led to them winning the award:

  • A joint committee of students and staff meets regularly to develop new initiatives and plan events.
  • Classroom learning about fair trade is provided at all grade levels from K-8 and includes role-playing, projects, case studies, lesson plans, guest speakers and more. Additional information is provided during assemblies, announcements and various school events.
  • The school store sells Fairtrade certified bananas and chocolate, as well as fair trade banana muffins, while the staff has committed to buy Fairtrade certified coffee for the staff room.

“Winning the School of the Year Award is a big step for us and a huge accomplishment.  It wouldn’t have been possible without the support and commitment of the students and staff at McKay.  We are going to use this recognition as a jumping off point to get other schools in Ontario on board with the fair trade movement.”

For more information please visit our page about the Canadian Fairtrade Awards and the Fair Trade School Program.