Wednesday, April 4 was quite an exciting day because that was the day that Lake Cowichan Secondary School found out that they won $25,000 for a new computer lab!
All because of Lake Cowichan’s very own, Lauren Frost. Frost is a 15-year-old LCSS student. She entered an essay contest — the Staples Canada Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest — without thinking she would actually win. The contest was a Canada-wide essay contest sponsored by Staples Canada Inc. Only 20 schools through out Canada won the $25,000 worth of technology for their schools, and LCSS is one of them.
The contest required a student to describe the eco-responsible initiative(s) their school has adopted. Essays were judged by four industry expert panelists: Jed Goldberg from Earth Day Canada, Scott Alic from Earth Cycle Planning, Wade Humphries from Direct Energy and Gordon Harrison from GreenLearning Canada.
Frost’s 300-worrd essay was titled How Our School Has Gone Environmentally Friendly. In her essay, she explained how our school has been running a recycling and composting course and how our school has joined the Lights Out program. “My school, Lake Cowichan Secondary, has made an excellent and effective effort to improve the environment.” Frost said in her essay
“I wasn’t expecting to go far in the contest, because this is a small town. I didn’t expect that I’d win.” said Grade 9 student Lauren Frost. “I’m more than proud to attend such an environmentally friendly school that shows such leadership and community influence.” her essay stated.
When hearing the announcement that Lauren had won the contest the school’s spirit lifted and the students of Lake Cowichan Secondary knew that “We did that!” Frost should feel proud in her ability to have accomplished so much. If a small school in a small town can do it, then why can’t any other school?