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Kyle Krystalowich, SIFE, kpk2@sfu.ca
Terry Lavender, PAMR, 778.782.2154, 778.960.9418, terry_lavender@sfu.ca

April 22, 2009

Students at Simon Fraser University are raising awareness of environmental issues by bringing their message to elementary school kids in Surrey and West Vancouver.

Members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) worked with Grade 7 students from Betty Huff Elementary in Surrey and Irwin Park Elementary in West Vancouver to create a magazine discussing environmental issues. The students wrote articles and submitted photos, drawings, poems and puzzles based on environmental topics, which were organized, edited, and put into a newspaper format by SIFE members.

The magazines were printed by Green Printer Ltd. on environmentally friendly paper and distributed to participating students and schools. The magazine is also available for download from the SIFE website.

The project, SIFE Kids, "makes the Grade 7 students aware of the importance of environmental sustainability and raising awareness about environmental issues affecting British Columbia and the world," says Kyle Krystalowich, project manager.

Students also participated in a 25-minute SIFE-led workshop to determine ways to save energy at home and at school.

Besides Krystalowich, members of the team from SFU were Chantal Yeung (editor), Tracy Pin (workshop coordinator), Aldrich Tan (magazine designer) and Brian Yan Muk (technical assistance).

SIFE Kids is one of seven projects that SIFE Simon Fraser is presenting at the ACE Canada National Exposition from May 4-6 in Toronto. At this competition, 50 SIFE Teams from across Canada gather to present their strongest projects from this year in a 24-minute presentation. Last year, SIFE Simon Fraser placed in the top 10.

For more information: http://sifesimonfraser.com/



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