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June 14, 2012
Mayor Rob Ford, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation present award to KIDS CAN! contest winners
Mayor Rob Ford was joined by representatives of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to present Knob Hill Public School first prize in the KIDS CAN! contest. The school was awarded a $3,000 grant for their submission, Our Job is to Save.

"All the students who participated in the KIDS CAN! contest showed their creativity in coming up with great ways to help keep their community clean," said Mayor Ford. "Congratulations to Knob Hill Public School and to all students who participated in this terrific project."

“We are proud to support the KIDS CAN! contest and to encourage young people to be stewards of the environment. We hope the entire community will be inspired by the efforts of these bright students to keep our city clean,” said Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “The winning class at Knob Hill Public School has set a strong example in keeping their neighbourhood clean by designing creative sign templates that they hope to install around their school.”

The KIDS CAN! contest was launched as part of Mayor Ford’s Clean Toronto Together to encourage students to participate in the program. As part of the contest, students were asked to submit photographs or videos of them cleaning up their school community.

Judged on their creativity, effectiveness and inspiration, the kindergarten children at Knob Hill showcased their school's year-round commitment to keeping Toronto clean, green and healthy. Not only did the school participate in the school cleanup, but also introduced other initiatives, such as a garbage audit, vermicomposting and a fundraising and awareness campaign.

The high school Dante Alighieri Academy was the second prize winner and the primary school St. Antoine Daniel Catholic School was third. Each of the winning schools received a grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to fund an eco initiative in their school along with a pizza party courtesy of Pizza Pizza.

More information about the KIDS CAN! contest is available at

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