The Youth Action Committee presents Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society with a cheque for $450 of funds raised during Earth Week. From left to right are Mariah Carpenter

Community-minded students believe in giving

Campbell River-area environmental projects are benefitting from the $1,000 in funds raised by youth

Local environmental projects are benefitting from the $1,000 in funds raised by youth during the 2012 Earth Week Film Festival.

The City’s Youth Action Committee, consisting of 13 students in Grades 9-12, chose to allocate the money they raised during the annual event to three diverse local environmental projects.

The youths established a new environmental bursary by allocating $400 to School District 72 for presentation to a graduating student enrolled in post-secondary. The bursary will be available in 2013 for a student that has demonstrated community involvement and an interest in environmental studies.

“Bursaries provide the opportunity for a better future for students pursuing an academic career,” said Tulsa Massee, a recent high school graduate and Youth Action Committee member.

A youth-driven community garden at Robron Centre also received $150 in funds to help with the garden start-up and maintenance.

“It’s important to support youth projects around the community. The Robron Community Garden is a great opportunity for youth to learn about gardening and get outside,” said Claire Billings of Youth Action.

The committee made their final donation of funds to the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society, which received $450 for educational programs and building a screen around one of its wildlife enclosures.

“This donation from the Youth Action Committee will really help with our wildlife care, rescue and release efforts,” said Maj Birch of Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society.

“We thought that it would be good to support organizations people might not know about because we know smaller organizations like MARS do great work and need the help to fund their projects,” said Mariah Carpenter, Chair of the Youth Action Committee. The Committee is now on summer break.