A local elementary school is being rewarded for their participation in a number of educational contests.

Duncan Cran Elementary School has been selected as the recipient for two different awards, one of which showing dedication to the subject of science, the other for their interest in the environment.

The first of the two awards is the provincial B.C. Year of Science Challenge, a challenge contest that awards schools who promote the subject of science to their students. Duncan Cran was one of three schools in B.C. that was awarded this honour, the other two being Trafalgar Middle School of Nelson and Captain Meares Elementary Secondary of Tahsis, B.C.

The B.C. Year of Science challenged schools to promote scientific activities to their students and have them participate in various science related activities. The school submitted those activites as well as the number of students participating, and were honoured with the award on Friday, June 10.

Duncan Cran’s second award came from the It’s Write for Communities writing competition, created by SEEDS, a non-profit organization that encourages environmental awareness and literacy in schools within British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The writing competition saw a number of students submit essays about the environment from schools all across the western provinces and Duncan Cran Elementary School was selected as the winner. As a result, the SEEDS organization, partnered with Alliance Pipeline, will donate $2,011.00 to the school.

Christine Todd, Vice Principle of Duncan Cran, says the money will be used to bring in childrens musician Paul Hann, to write and record songs about the environment with the students. Hann will then record those songs onto a CD and give a copy to all the students involved in the process.

According do Todd, it’s been a busy but fun couple days at Duncan Cran Elementary School.