Edit January 19, 2015: A big thank you to Victoria News and the Times Colonist for featuring stories of our book launch!

Also check out the video of the event provided by Dorrie Murphy of Persona Video:

Thanks to Rockheights Middle School students, principal Maryanne Trofimuk, vice principal Joanna Snow, teachers Beth Mann and David Futter for the excellent presentation given in Highrock/Cairn Park with Mayor Barbara Desjardins, Laurie Hurst, council members Lynda Hundleby and Olga Liberchuk, Joy Huebert of the Esquimalt Library, and Greater Victoria School Board vice-chair Diane McNally.

Fortunately the weather cooperated during the presentation which included the gifting of a one-of-a-kind illustrated book documenting a collaborative project undertaken by members of Creatively United for the Planet with Rockheights Middle School to help green the school.

Rockheights Middle School, under the new leadership of Trofimuk and working with Creatively United founder Frances Litman, helped students understand the importance of environmental stewardship and waste-reduction/recycling through a comprehensive and creative learning program that included regular field trips to a nearby Garry Oak ecosystem.

Students were given the opportunity to experience the breadth and beauty of this local park by working with Litman, an international award-winning professional photographer; professional veteran videographer, Dorrie Murphy; and internationally published cartoonist, Nelson Dewey.

This project included active participation by the students in the 2014 Creatively United for the Planet Earth Week Festival, where they took part in opening ceremonies, a parade and showcased their artwork, poems, writing and project work about the park.

The book, Stepping Into Nature, captures the project from start to finish and is available at the Greater Victoria Public Library, through Esquimalt Parks & Rec and the Township of Esquimalt.

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