This December Youth4Tap Windermere learned they had won $5,000 from the Aviva Community Fund. The win followed a month of hard work promoting their idea of a plastic bottle free school throughout the student body encouraging everyone to vote. The students' goal was to raise enough awareness and money for not only new refillable water stations for Windermere, but for their feeder schools and community centres as well, such as Renfrew and Nootka Elementary Schools.
"This would certainly reduce the number of plastic water bottles being bought at school and the amount of plastic consumed on Earth as we hope to raise awareness around the community," said Windermere Youth4Tap member Annie Lai.
Lai and her fellow club members continued to advocate for change throughout the fall, raising awareness through in-class presentations that educated students about the negative effects of plastic water bottles and hosting a Water Week which was a week of spreading information and educating others.
The hardwork even caught the eye of MP Don Davies who commended the school for their work promoting environmental awareness.
Due to the effective marketing and promotions of the Windermere team, Youth4Tap Windermere has managed to take 6th place out of many other competitors. They are now eligible to win the top prize of $50,000. They'll learn whether their idea was successful for the grand prize on January 28, 2014.