Calling all Kimberley rock hounds

Lindsay Park Elementary is entering the BC Green Games again this year

Cassidy Lemay and Morgan Gervais do some preliminary PR work on the Lindsay Park Rock Festival.

Cassidy Lemay and Morgan Gervais do some preliminary PR work on the Lindsay Park Rock Festival.

BC Green Games is a province-wide competition for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students,  covering the Environment and Sciences.  Projects are viewed and judged on line in February of each year.

Lindsay Park Elementary in Kimberley’s Townsite participates in the games each year, coming up with a different project every time.

This year students will be learning all about rocks and creating the Lindsay Park Rock Festival.

Teacher Marlene Driscoll says that because her students were born after the Sullivan Mine closed, they didn’t have a lot of awareness of what was mined right here in Kimberley. She wanted to change that and to teach the students more about the world around them.

She has been in touch with some local rockhounds, like Bulletin Scoops columnist Brian Crowe, who has an extensive collection of rocks from the Sullivan and beyond.

Students have been learning about rocks and creating their own spirit stones.

Next Tuesday, January 29, 2013 the students will host the Lindsay Park Rock Festival at the school.

“Our projects will be open for viewing by the community on Tuesday, January 29th from 1-7 pm in our school gym at 602 Salmo Street,” Driscoll said.

We would like to invite anyone who has a rock collection to share it with us on that day.  If you or someone you know has a rock with a story or a whole collection you would be willing to share at our festival, please call the school at 250-427-2255 and leave your name and number.”

The projects from Lindsay Park and other BC schools will be put online at the end of February and you can vote at  http://www.bcgreengames.ca/ Winners will be announced in April.

Lindsay Park won $1000 in each of the 2011 and 2012 Green Games, and a digital camera in 2011 as well.