Planting a green future

METHODIST Boys School has won the Penang Green School Award, beating 11 other secondary schools on the island to the top prize.

Beaming with pride, the school’s Interact Club advisor Wong Chiew Lee said the school began its Eco-green initiatives in 2011.

There were projects like rainwater harvesting, using a bio-regen machine for composting and starting a sprinkler system for plants.

“This year, we ventured into the production of various merchandise using recycled products. We made citronella oil, papaya tea, soap from recycled oil and citrus fruit enzymes.

“We reached out to the community by giving out 500 products for free.” she said after receiving a trophy, certificate and cheque for RM2,000 from state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow in Komtar yesterday.

“We also sold our products and herbal plants at fairs and at the recent Penang Green Carnival Expo,” she said.

SMK St George was the first runner-up, taking home a trophy, certificate and RM1,500.

Meanwhile, the champion for primary school (island) was SK Sungai Rusa from Balik Pulau. The school was also the winner in 2012 and 2013.

Principal Hajah Hasnah A. Hamid said that since the school began in 2009. it had introduced up to 36 green projects.

“The focus is on our five gardens which are named Herbal, Passion Fruit, Green, Healthy and Laluan Ilmu (path of knowledge).

“We have 15 types of herbal trees at the Herbal garden.

“From the Laluan Ilmu garden comes products such as keychains, vests and handwoven baskets made from recyclable materials such as gunny sack, newspapers and cardboards.

“We involved about 30 students from Year Four to Year Six in these projects because I believe it will teach them the importance of recycling and keeping the environment green,” she said.

SK Sungai Rusa won a trophy, certificate and RM2,000.

Penang Municipal Council public relations assistant director Xavier Sebastian said the judging centred on four main criterias such as innovation and creativity, greening and beautifying , recycling, and community.

“This competition was initiated in 2010 under the Cleaner, Greener Penang initiative,” he said.

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