Thank you, Madam Speaker. Good afternoon. You may wonder why I'm wearing a green tie today, Madam Speaker. I've already received a compliment from a Minister about my tie. In fact, Mr. Nerysoo wants to know the name of my haberdasher. Madam Speaker, it is not St. Patrick's Day. I'm wearing my green tie today in honour of the greenest school in Canada which is Joamie School in Iqaluit.
Thank you. Joamie School is at the forefront of the green movement in Canadian schools. They do environmental projects with a passion which is almost unmatched in the rest of the country. I'm pleased here today to recognize that Joamie became the first school in Canada to reach earth status in a program put on by the Seeds Foundation. Receiving an environmental earth school award, Madam Speaker, means that Joamie has conducted at least 1,000 projects concerning the environment.
Before that, the 208 student school was already the second in the country to earn emerald status for having completed 500 projects. Prior to that achievement, it became only the fourth school in Canada to attain jade status for accomplishing 250 projects. The fact that the students reached their school's goal by Christmas is also remarkable, and they're still going strong with green projects, Madam Speaker.
Every class has participated in projects which include recycling, energy conservation and water conservation. One of the projects, for example, was a shortest shower contest. Madam Speaker, it gives me pleasure today to salute the students of Joamie School, their principal Ms. Florence Sliney, and the very supportive volunteer parent's advisory committee of that school. Congratulations. Thank you.