June 8th is officially recognized by the United Nations World Oceans Day. Each year, an increasing number of countries and organizations mark this day as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. World Oceans Day raises awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help to protect it. Thousands of leading aquariums, governments, conservation organizations, schools and individuals around the world will celebrate with fun, inspirational and educational events. For more information on World Oceans Day visit www.theoceanproject.org/wod
Since 2009, DFA has participated in the free World Oceans Day Family Event in St. John’s. As a member of the organizing committee, DFA provides door prizes for the event, and sponsors the “Craft Corner” with ocean-themed crafts. At the event there are a number of interactive and educational exhibits and activities, fun games and displays for children, including touch tanks, a fish pond (with prizes), and an animated firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 2008, DFA has partnered with other organizations to bring education and awareness to schools across the province through a World Oceans Day art contest, asking students to create a drawing that best illustrates each year’s theme. The art contest is open to schools across the province (grades k-6). One winner per grade is awarded an oceans related prize. Schools participating in the contest are entered for a chance to win a grand prize!
Since 2013, DFA collaborated with other organizations to create the Ocean Hero Essay Contest. Students are asked to write an essay about how they will make a difference and commit to protecting the ocean. This contest is open to schools across the province (grades 7-9). One winner will be awarded a prize.
Dylan McGregor, Grade 7, Centreville Academy, Centreville
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