A tree planting ceremony and plaque presentation took place at John Caldwell School in Grand Falls Oct. 8 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Lync program.
Lync is a support program designed to help students facing difficult situations who may be in need of help and support for sorting out their problems. It was established after the Grand Falls Suicide Prevention Committee, local principals and health professionals joined forces to find ways to help youth in crisis. The program now operates around the province and is active in schools in partnership with the Department of Social Development's wellness branch.
Guest speaker for the special event at John Caldwell School was Martin Latulippe, a former university hockey player, who survived a near fatal injury during competition.
Goals of the Lync program include promoting the power of positive thinking, setting goals, overcoming personal challenges, and knowing when you need to reach out for help and support.
Shown in the photos below (1) Martin Latulippe (centre) with Lync program supporters at John Caldwell School; (2) Supporters of the Lync program celebrate a tree planting and plaque presentation at the school.
10/11/2019 3:00 PM|
Oct 11 2019, 3:18 PM|
Internationally known journalist Gwynne
Dyer spoke to 450 Grade 11 students about climate change on Oct. 9 at Fredericton High School.
His lecture entitled, "The Geopolitics of
Climate Change," asked students to meet the challenge of climate change
head-on, as this will be the top issue of their generation, Dyer said.
Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years. Born in Newfoundland in 1943, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before becoming a journalist in 1973.
Since then, his major activity has been his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by 175 papers in some 45 countries. It is translated into more than a dozen languages.
In September 2019, global climate strike action took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into streets around the world as youth leaders gathered at the United Nations (UN) to demand radical moves to fight climate change.
Scientists predict that by 2050, with a projected increased global population of 9.6 billion, the Earth would need the equivalent of almost three planets worth of resources to sustain a way of living, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same.
Shown in the photo below is Gwynne Dyer speaking to students at Fredericton High School Oct. 9.
10/10/2019 3:00 PM|
Oct 10 2019, 2:52 PM|
Students from nine schools in ASD-W came together Oct. 9 for the TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) youth forum organized by Public Health and the Healthy Learners in School program. Throughout the day, 95 students attended a variety of training and information sessions on tobacco use, e-cigarettes and vaping, and the importance of making good decisions and positive life choices. They will take this knowledge back to their schools to share with their peers.
"It's important for you as young leaders to think about the things that can pull you away from a quality, safe life," said Superintendent David McTimoney, noting the temptations for today's youth are far greater than they were in years past. He encouraged the students to promote respect, while sharing and talking about issues and the things they are learning and doing with their peers.
Guest speaker, Dr. David Scott, a nationally known, associate professor of sport psychology in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, gave a fun-filled address while asking the students to remember: "there is a consequence for every decision made," listen to that inner voice that tells you right from wrong, and choose your friends carefully because they can influence you." Some days life can be challenging, Scott said, but don't give up, stay positive and focused on your goals, while setting a good example for others. Actions speak louder than words. If you say you are going to do something, follow through and do it so people know your behaviour is consistent and trustworthy, he advised.
"You have your whole life ahead of you and I know you are going to do great things," Scott told the students. "Make good decisions for yourself because there are others who are looking to you to build a better future. We need you. The world is going to be a much better place when you take over."
Students also participated in a panel discussion with district staff about what they think needs to be done to prevent tobacco use and vaping at school such as smoke detectors or sensors in washrooms, sharing more health information with students especially before they reach high school, ensuring there are real consequences for breaking school rules, providing access to rehabilitation programs for re-offenders, encouraging peer mentoring, and including facts on the effects of vaping in the school curriculum.
"Kids need to hear it's not cool and it's not going to make you more popular," one student told the panel.
Joanna Seeley, public health nurse for the Healthy Learners program in ASD-W, provided a presentation on the health risks and how e-cigarettes and vaping are marketed to today's youth, explaining that tobacco companies are looking to replace aging and often dying smokers with a new generation of customers to supply the $19 billion industry. Companies are advertising on social media channels and marketing e-cigarettes and vaping as appealing, flavourful and trendy habits to get youth buying and using their products.
"Know you are targeted and don't let companies manipulate you," Seeley said. "It's the same old strategy with a new look. Everyone knows that smoking is bad. But it is not safer to vape than to smoke. Vaping contains nicotine. It is addictive and still produces a chemical by-product."
Studies show 88 per cent of smokers start smoking before the age of 18. Half of all smokers will develop an illness related to smoking and may experience an early death. There are new reports of lung disease and death related to vaping among youth in the United States and Canada.
The TATU youth forum took place at Oromocto High School.
Shown in the photos below (1) Dr. David Scott, guest speaker for students at the TATU youth forum; (2) Superintendent David McTimoney welcoming students to the forum; (3) Students with district staff during a panel discussion; (4) Joanna Seeley, public health nurse, presenting information to students on health risks and marketing trends for e-cigarettes and vaping.
10/9/2019 3:00 PM|
Oct 09 2019, 9:25 PM|
Education and Early Childhood Development
Educators challenged to reduce red tape in system
07 October 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is asking educators for feedback on how to address administrative overload in the classroom.
“Bureaucratic red tape and unnecessary paperwork are common obstacles identified by educators that can distract them from their core mandate: supporting students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “This initiative will help reduce the administrative burden placed on teachers so they can focus on creating a world-class education learning experience in the classroom.”
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has launched the Red Tape Challenge in Education to allow teachers, educational assistants and other professionals across the system to make their opinions known. The challenge will be an ongoing process to help inform future policies and processes.
Submissions will be screened to ensure they are consistent with department values and an appropriate response and timeframe will be assigned based on the scope of the proposal.
The challenge is one of the actions outlined in Succeeding at home: a green paper on education. Submissions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The challenge is also meant to promote discussion and stakeholder engagement in anticipation of the Education Summit, happening Oct. 16-18 in Fredericton.
10/7/2019 12:00 PM|
Oct 07 2019, 11:53 AM|
At Townsview School in Woodstock, breaking news is available through a daily online news show called Thunder Express. Three teams of students work on writing the script, filming, editing and producing the show everyday with the help of two lead teachers, Robyn Dussault and Chris Belzil.
"Students hear about what is going on in their school from their
classmates," said Principal Pat Thorne. "They are involved in the creation and delivery of important
announcements and events about their school community. Students are more
engaged with listening to the announcements when it is coming from their peers
and they have a visual on the smartboard, not a voice over the PA system."
Thorne explained students involved with Thunder Express learn team skills as they work together to prepare
the announcements and produce the daily news show together. They learn organization skills and
thinking ahead (news preparation in advance). They develop their oral
communication skills (filming in front of a camera) and they grow in self-confidence and self-esteem, while also building courage (putting themselves out there
for the whole school community to see them on camera).
"It gives them
skills in technology, innovation and creation (editing the footage and adding
their own personality and individuality to their creation)," Thorne noted. "They are creators
not consumers, gaining powerful Global Competency Skills to prepare them for
success in the information age. And most importantly, it gives them a sense of
purpose and belonging, feeling connected to the school and valued for their
Feedback from students, parents and staff has been positive. Watching Thunder
Express as a class has become part of the Townsview School culture. Parents are also able
to access the news through the school website, thus keeping them in the loop and
up-to-date about what is happening at school.
Townsview School became a kindergarten to Grade 8 school when the former Woodstock Middle School joined the campus in September 2015. Equipment was purchased
and filming began in December 2015. Three teams of 45 students in Grades 6-8 now work on Thunder Express with the two lead teachers.
The news is prepared during the first morning recess break. Filming is conducted during noon hours and editors work on the footage during this time as well. After filming, the crew begins working on the following day's announcements. Then after school, the final edits are done and the video is uploaded to the school website by end of day.
"We are evolving each
year," Thorne stated. "We try to add fresh ideas and keep things changing to spark
different thoughts and ideas with the students. We have had such
segments as Music Monday, Movement Monday, Talk Tuesday, Tech Tuesday,
Wellness Wednesday, Weird Wacky Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday, Throwback
Thursday, Fun Friday, Funny Friday… etc. This year, we wanted to
promote positivity with a Good News Segment of good things happening in
our school, in our community and around the world."
good things happening in their classrooms and Thunder Express is there to capture
it on camera and share it with the rest of the school.
"With so much negativity
out there, we wanted to inspire kindness and compassion in our
students. We want to prepare them to be caring, conscientious
citizens for the future," Thorne reported.
The Thunder Express daily news show can be viewed on the Townsview School website found at the link below.
10/7/2019 11:00 AM|
Oct 07 2019, 11:34 AM|
Education and Early Childhood Development
New Brunswickers asked to provide input on education
03 October 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has released a paper entitled Succeeding at Home: A green paper on education in New Brunswick that outlines specific proposals for transforming the education system.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is asking parents, teachers, students and the public for input on how it can make New Brunswick’s education system the best in the world.
“New Brunswick’s young people need access to a world-class education so they can make the most out of their lives and compete in future job markets,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “It is urgent that we act now to build a better future for our young people. The green paper outlines our vision for how we can create the best education system in the world – which is one of our government’s top priorities.”
The green paper puts forward ideas and actions aimed at ensuring every child gets the best possible education, with graduates being able to compete with the best in the world, and young people viewed as top candidates by post-secondary institutions and employers.
“Our education system faces significant challenges, ranging from extremely challenging classroom compositions, to large numbers of disengaged students,” said Cardy. “These and other factors have led to unacceptably low levels of student achievement. Our province’s current social and economic reality should be enough to trigger bold and immediate action. Together, we have a moral imperative to reimagine our education system and get to work on making necessary changes.”
Supporting and empowering teachers
“Teachers are essential to the success of our students,” said Cardy. “We have many highly trained and motivated educators, but they need more freedom to do their jobs.”
- modifying the Education Act and introducing a Classroom Freedom Act to ensure classroom and teacher freedom;
- addressing serious classroom composition challenges;
- introducing a red tape challenge to address administrative overload;
- updating and reinforcing the absenteeism policy; and
- working with universities to transform education programs.
Ensuring students are engaged and challenged
Research shows that differences in development can be profound between younger children, and every student develops in his or her own time and at their own level.
“There are few activities in life where people are grouped based on their age,” said Cardy. “In order to provide students with the skills they need to be life-long learners, they need to receive support and have opportunities to excel.”
Actions and ideas include:
- replacing early year grades with flexible learning environments;
- partnering with post-secondary institutions and the private sector to provide additional opportunities to students;
- building on the Integrated Service Delivery model to better address the needs of students; and
- expanding the International Baccalaureate program.
“Literacy is the foundation for success in all areas of life,” said Cardy. “We must focus on improving literacy skills in order for our students to be competitive in the future. Improving our literacy scores in both sectors is a top priority for this government. We will ensure that all teachers have the necessary skills and knowledge to support learners as they increase their literacy skills.”
Currently, New Brunswick trails the country in literacy scores and ranks in 7th place.
Opportunities to learn a second language
The provincial government will ensure that all students in the anglophone sector achieve a minimum of conversational levels of French proficiency by the time they graduate from high school.
“We need to make sure that all students have an opportunity to learn our province’s two official languages,” said Cardy.
Exploring career paths and trades education
It is estimated that between 2018 and 2027 there will be 9,144 job openings in the construction sector alone. That is why providing trade training opportunities is so important.
The green paper calls for the government to work with industry and the New Brunswick community colleges to develop learning partnerships, and expand the availability of physical and virtual learning environments so that interested students can learn real life, on the job skills.
The green paper proposes other actions and ideas to ensure students and their parents are supported, including:
- strengthening student relationships in the anglophone and francophone sectors;
- developing guidelines regarding the use of technology in the classroom;
- expanding First Nations language courses; and
- improving civics education.
Other ideas proposed in the green paper that aim to ensure educators are supported, include:
- protecting the health and safety of teachers and other adults in the school system by strengthening policies;
- examining the structure and mandate of the department, school districts and district education councils;
- empowering principals by giving them the tools to lead;
- creating parent-teacher communication policies; and
- reducing political interference through multi-year budgeting.
New Brunswickers are encouraged to submit their feedback on the proposals outlined in the green paper to consultation.EECD-EDPE@gnb.ca.
The provincial government will also host a summit to solicit further input and ideas. It will be held from Oct. 16 to 18.
Changes will be introduced as early as the 2020-21 school year and will continue through to 2030.
“We are asking New Brunswickers for feedback on how we can best implement the actions and ideas we have proposed; how to improve student experience and overall learning; and the role of educators and how we can support them,” Cardy said.
Building a world-class education system is one of the government’s top priorities, with progress regularly measured and reported on publicly. For more details visit www.gnb.ca/PerformanceNB.
10/3/2019 6:00 PM|
Oct 03 2019, 5:14 PM|
The entire student body at Saint Mary's Academy in Edmundston participated in a global climate strike action event on Friday, Sept. 27, marching, carrying posters and working to make their community a better place to live.
"They wanted their voices heard," said Principal Julie Michaud. "They were told the story of Greta and wanted to make a difference. They wanted to walk and attach an action to the cause."
Michaud said students cleaned up litter while doing their march in the community, a gesture to take better care of the earth.
"Grade 7 student Mya Caron decided to do more than just march. She started picking up garbage. Next thing we knew, people walking near her joined in and helped out. It was a great initiative and a great job by everyone who took part."
Millions were taking to the streets in roughly 150 countries around the world on Sept. 27 for a global strike demanding world leaders gathering at a UN climate summit to adopt urgent measures to avert an environmental catastrophe. The worldwide strike was inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
Thunberg, who soared into prominence after sailing across the Atlantic in an emissions-free yacht ahead of the summit, was in New York to headline a massive rally in Lower Manhattan ahead of an upcoming climate summit at the headquarters of the United Nations. She has become an iconic world figure in the fight against climate change.
Shown in the photo below are Joey Berube, Kayla O'Neil, Megan Eccleston, Wiliams Awona, Kobe Boucher, Tyler Clavette, Louanne Thibault, Nahla Rose Deschenes and Tony Poirier.
9/30/2019 1:00 PM|
Sep 30 2019, 1:44 PM|
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy was on hand to officially cut the ribbon for a brand new walking/running track at Gibson Neill Memorial Elementary School in Fredericton on Sept. 27.
The school raised over $100,000 for the new infrastructure located at the back of the school property. Financial support came in from the Nashwaaksis Lions Club, the Nashwaaksis Y Service Group, Riverview Ford, the Fredericton Royals and the province's Regional Development Corporation.
"Thank you to all parents, staff, students and community members who made this dream a reality," said Vice-Principal Heather Theriault after the ceremony.
Following the festivities, students, staff, parents and visitors joined in for the Terry Fox walk around the new track.
9/30/2019 1:00 PM|
Sep 30 2019, 12:28 PM|
A large contingent of students at Devon Middle School in Fredericton rallied in the school gymnasium Sept. 30 in recognition of Orange Shirt Day, a national movement to recognize the experience of survivors of residential schools, to honour them and show a collective commitment to ensure every child matters.
"We are really proud of our partnership with St. Mary's First Nation and our First Nation students," said Principal Patty Oxford. "Orange Shirt Day is part of Truth and Reconciliation. We are acknowledging the past and paving the way for a better future. It promotes inclusion and creates a better understanding of our shared history."
Teachers began the school day with instructional time about Orange Shirt Day, the viewing of a video and distributing a blank postcard for students to create a design or write a poem about why Orange Shirt Day is important. Every postcard will be collected and one design will be considered for next year's t-shirt for the Orange Shirt Day campaign. The postcards will also be submitted to the Medicine Wheel Project in Victoria, BC. to become part of their learning resources on community building, cultural sharing and storytelling for First Nation's children.
Orange Shirt Day is a movement that officially began in 2013, but its origin dates back to 1973 when six-year-old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School outside of Williams Lake, BC. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school given to her by her grandmother. However, staff at the mission school stripped the child of her new shirt and replaced it with the school's institutional uniform. Today, the initiative calls for every Canadian to wear an orange shirt in the spirit of healing and reconciliation.
Devon Middle School has 57 First Nations students and five First Nations staff who serve as enhancement workers in the school. Throughout Orange Shirt Day, all teachers adapted their lesson plans to incorporate the Orange Shirt Day message into their classroom work and activities.
9/30/2019 12:00 PM|
Sep 30 2019, 12:04 PM|
There was a celebration at the Muddy Boots Outdoor Learning Centre in Florenceville on Sept. 26 in recognition of the town property becoming the 5th Wetlands Centre of Excellence in New Brunswick supported by Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Several students from local schools were on site for special activities, while Carleton North High School Principal Jason Smith and science teacher Philip Davis received a designation award from Ducks Unlimited Canada naming the school as a steward in the wetlands partnership. As a result, students from the high school will be involved in classifying and cataloguing flora and fauna at the site, education and conservation, nature exploration, and mentorship of younger students.
"There is a wonderful opportunity for students who began this work to carry it on in high school," Principal Jason Smith said. "They come full circle in their access to experiential learning."
The community-based partnership to educate and preserve the wetland began two years ago with Grade 4 students taking part in exciting and interesting field trips to the site to learn about the importance of wetlands and their conservation under Project Webfoot with Ducks Unlimited. Outdoor adventures included bird counts, critter dipping, wildlife observation, tree planting, leaf collecting, or care of the trees on the property.
"There is no better example of an outdoor classroom than here," said Florenceville Mayor Karl Curtis. "We are so proud of this site in our community."
The mayor encouraged the children in attendance to get their parents involved to further strengthen the community commitment to visit and preserve and protect the wetland.
Other speakers at the event included Darrell Turnbull, chair of the Muddy Boots committee, and Samantha Brewster, education specialist for Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Sponsorship and support for the wetland action project came from the McCain Foundation and the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund as well as Ducks Unlimited Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife and people.
Shown in the photos below are (1) left to right: Samantha Brewster, education specialist for Ducks Unlimited, Carleton North High School science teacher Philip Davis and Principal Jason Smith with their designation award; (2) Charlotte Flores, education coordinator for the Falls Brook Centre, talking to Florenceville Elementary School students about nest boxes for birds living in wetlands.
9/26/2019 4:00 PM|
Sep 26 2019, 5:25 PM|
Eight hundred runners from 20 schools in ASD-W are involved in one of the biggest athletic events ever held in the capital region.
As part of the Fredericton Marathon/Fredericton Education Centre Cross Country Racing Series, competitions are being held for students on both the north and south side of the St. John River on Wednesday
afternoons, leading up to district championships scheduled for Wednesday, October 9 at Nashwaaksis Middle School. Each week, competitors dash for the finish line for the top 10 places in six races organized by grade level and gender as well as to achieve their personal best result.
"Through the hard work of school physical education teachers and volunteers, the students get the opportunity to be active, compete against their fellow students and have fun," said Joe Crossland, ASD-W's physical education lead. "Each week at the finish line, you can hear a student say I beat last week's result and witnessing that success and satisfaction puts a smile on everyone's face. As physical education teachers, we promote skills and activities that allow our students the opportunity to be active for life and by participating in these events we hope some students realize that running is something they can do through their school careers and beyond."
The Fredericton Marathon's Legacy Fund is a community partner of the racing series providing support through ribbons and
9/26/2019 3:00 PM|
Sep 26 2019, 3:16 PM|
25 September 2019
FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is providing Brilliant Labs with $500,000 in grant funding to develop and promote hands-on learning and innovation in schools.
“New Brunswick’s students must be prepared for the workplaces of the future and giving students an opportunity to apply what they learn in class to hands-on projects is crucial to that goal,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The initiatives by Brilliant Labs encourage students to problem-solve in new and creative ways.”
The funding will allow the not-for-profit organization to build on the 170 classroom projects completed last year, which included student-designed 3D printers and concussion-monitoring helmets. Other student projects included developing a maker space for fabrication at Oromocto High School and releasing their own open-source technology to meet student-demands, including an autonomous aquaponics system at Blackville School.
Over the past year, the organization has supported thousands of students in schools, and through their summer camps. They have created more than 150 maker spaces and more then 225 maker carts and maker kits in schools across the province. These spaces allow children to create using different tools, technology and materials in a fun, hands-on learning environment. In addition, teachers are coached on how to engage in project-based learning, which promotes creativity, an entrepreneurial mindset, computational thinking, digital competencies and scientific inquiry.
“Brilliant Labs is incredibly proud to continue to support students and teachers across New Brunswick,” said Jacob Lingley, director of Instructional Design. “As we travel throughout the province, we have the pleasure of watching students ignite their passions as they combine new and familiar materials to solve complex, community-based problems.”
Brilliant Labs is a hands-on technology and experiential learning platform that supports the integration of creativity, innovation, coding, and an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curriculums. More information on the organization and their programming is available online.
9/25/2019 3:00 PM|
Sep 25 2019, 2:44 PM|
Students at Bath Community School turned their principal and school custodian into purple-haired rock stars on September 20 in celebration of funds raised for the Terry Fox Foundation this year.
The school first set a challenge to raise $250 for the cause. Custodian Crystal Steeves agreed to have her hair dyed purple if that goal was reached. The students came through easily contributing $2 per student.
"The kids asked me what it would take for me to get my hair dyed," said Principal Mitchell Hemphill. "So, I said they had to raise $500 not expecting the challenge to be met. In total, we raised $516."
After their walk for Terry Fox in the afternoon of September 13, all students in K-8 were enjoying outside time along with some Tim Horton's Smiley cookies to also promote #beccatoldmeto in recognition of Becca Schofield Day.
Purple Hair Day for Steeves and Hemphill came seven days later. Hemphill said in the end it was a nice way to "cover the silver highlights for a day."
The Terry Fox Foundation is a Canadian foundation dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. Inspired by Terry's Marathon of Hope in 1980, thousands of volunteers across the country and around the world organize walks and runs in communities and schools.
Shown in the photos below are Principal Mitchell Hemphill and custodian Crystal Steeves getting their hair dyed by educational assistant Krista Tibbetts. Shown on the front page are Principal Mitchell Hemphill with kindergarten student Titus McCoy.
9/23/2019 5:00 PM|
Sep 24 2019, 2:56 PM|
Students and staff at McAdam High School have been busy performing acts of kindness is recognition of Becca Schofield Day on Sept. 15.
Middle school students baked cookies and put them in bags decorated by the students with kind words and art work. Working in three groups, the students canvassed their community going from house to house and business to business, delivering the goodies.
"The students were excited about the activity and their effort was appreciated and well received by citizens of the community," said Principal Jeremy MacIver.
The high school class of 2020 also set up a drive through in front of the school and then on Main Street to hand out a free cup of Tim Horton's coffee to passersby and to wish each one a great day.
"Both of these activities taught lessons far beyond the classroom on citizenship and acts of kindness," MacIver noted. "It also served to build relationships between the youth and the adults in the community."
Becca Schofield, a resident of Riverview, initiated a campaign to encourage kindness and goodwill after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Campaign participants were asked to perform random acts of kindness and to share them on social media using #BeccaToldMeTo. The campaign became a global movement, inspiring thousands of people throughout the world.
On May 14, 2017, the legislative assembly unanimously passed a motion recognizing the third Saturday of September as Becca Schofield Day.
Schofield lost her battle with cancer on Feb. 17, 2018, at the age of 18. Later in the year, she was named posthumously as a recipient of the Order of New Brunswick.
In recognition of the inspiration Schofield provided to the world, New Brunswickers are encouraged to keep her legacy alive by performing random acts of kindness.
Shown in the photos below are students from McAdam High School taking part in their Becca Schofield Day activities.
9/20/2019 4:00 PM|
Sep 20 2019, 3:39 PM|
Students at Montgomery Street Elementary School are becoming green thumbs as they continue learning about nutritional literacy. The students will be using tower garden growing systems to produce their own vegetables and herbs right in the classroom.
The project first blossomed in March 2019 when the school received a $5,000 Community Food Action Grant, enabling nine classes to learn about nutrition, food safety and security, plant growth and cooking healthy foods.
"Students will continue to use
the tower gardens to grow food in their classrooms again this year," said Principal Kurt Stiles. "Teachers
will continue to use these as well to supplement their lessons on healthy eating and
Canada’s new food guide. We look to see more students bringing veggies in
their lunch and taking a risk with trying new healthy foods they might
otherwise not take a chance on. We hope to continue with an even
larger nutrition project this year and are just waiting on funding."
During the last school year, visits with local farmers were arranged for the students to find out how food purchased in grocery stories is produced. Dieticians and health nurses also visited the school to host proper nutrition assemblies.
The food produced by the students using their tower gardens was eventually taken to the Greener Village Food Bank where Chef Yves Deschenes taught students about food safety and food preparation as they worked together to create meals they could share and enjoy. Students also presented their projects to their classmates and parents, detailing their experiences and what they had learned.
Stiles said, in addition to the nutritional and food preparation knowledge gained, the students also developed confidence, and social and networking skills, while be provided with opportunities for interaction and relationship building at school and in the community.
Shown in the photo below is Chef Yves Deschenes working with Montgomery Street Elementary School students at the Greener Village Food Bank.
9/19/2019 11:00 AM|
Sep 19 2019, 10:54 AM|