École élémentaire publique Rivière Rideau students have adopted a trail on the Kemptville College property. The kids put together a presentation for members of North Grenville Council and municipal staff back in June asking to make some improvements. The students want to put up speed limit signs and set up garbage cans and recycling bins. Principal Josée Bédard says the students want to take responsibility.

The kids were concerned about how fast four-wheelers and snowmobiles were going on the trail and by the amount of trash they kept finding. They think better signage will make the trail safer. The students use the trail daily. Bédard says the students are learning to be a part of the community.

Staff use the trail, which is full of mature maple trees, as a teaching tool. The students learned how to make maple syrup and apply basic math to nature, such as the symmetry found in a tree leaf. For more details about the school, click here.