Bring it to Council ~ an annual Grade 5 Civic Competition

Bring it to Council
Bring it to Council ~  an annual Grade 5 Civic Competition
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The Town of Oakville presented their annual Grade 5 Civics Competition called Bring it to Council.
The competition creates a learning experience helping the students to understand the structure of Oakville’s Town Council and its procedures.

Students from Halton District Schools & Halton Catholic Schools

Bring it to Council

Bottom row, from left: St. Luke Catholic School student Matea Wilson, St. Bernadette Catholic School student Sofia D’Alfonso, winner Gladys Speers Public School student Bronwyn Stewart, St. Bernadette Catholic School student Francesca Rocha, and Palermo Public School students Laya Kavesseri and Julia Foster. Photo Credit: Town of Oakville

Held in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, and overseen by Julia Le, Communications Advisor for the Office of the Mayor and Councillor Dave Gittings, the students each created an idea which was presented to their colleagues and to the acting mayor. They were encouraged by the fact that if an idea is good, that a person could change the Town of Oakville for the better.

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Bronwyn Stewart’s idea about banning plastic straws was selected by her peers to win Bring it to Council. Photo Credit: Town of Oakville

In the past, one student helped to create a very successful youth drop-in centre to help young people have a place to go to be with friends to do homework. Another group of young people, about 700 in total, were responsible for the creation of the skateboarding parks that so many young people enjoy today.

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Today’s school children made suggestions such as adding bike lanes to local parks, creating ice rinks for winter fun and by creating events by the harbour, such as charging a fee to skip rocks. One of the most liked ideas was to create biodegradable coffee cups and to have young people collect litter on Earth Day.

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Katelyn Macumber’s idea of opening and operating a food bank bus was selected by her peers to win Bring it to Council. Photo Credit: Town of Oakville

 

Bring it to Council is now in its fourth year. As the students begin to understand the process of Oakville’s municipal government they also learn effective presentation skills. This creates opportunities for students to use their voices to promote their ideas.

For more information, please contact Julia Le, Communications Advisor for the Office of the Mayor, at 905-845-6601, ext.3788 or e-mail at Julia.le@oakville.ca.

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