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Supply Teacher Orientation Session for Fredericton and Oromocto
Thursday, August 29 1:00-3:00 pm
Location:  New Brunswick Teacher’s Association – 650 Montgomery St. Fredericton
Last Printed: 8/14/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Aug 14 2019, 9:46 AM

​About 25 educators from across the province gathered in Fredericton July 11-12 for two days of professional learning about the benefits of including Indigenous games in the physical education curriculum.

The training goal was to promote inclusion in the public school system, while introducing or reconnecting students to recreational and sport activities that reflect the cultural heritage and traditions of First Nation communities.

Cole Wilson, a retired physical education consultant from Saskatoon, attended the sessions and served as keynote speaker. He said the training for educators, hosted by ASD-W, will help First Nations students feel more welcome at school, while also building on learning outcomes for all students taking part in physical education programs.

During the two days, educators were learning by doing -  participating as a group in Indigenous games from the Eastern Woodlands such as relay, double ball, long ball, lacrosse, bone and toggle, stick and ring, hoop and dart, feather balance as well as traditional First Nations dancing.

Indigenous communities have a special bond with nature and many of their games were historically created to develop skills necessary for hunting and gathering food, while increasing physical activity, resilience, strength, coordination and agility.

"This can be an important learning experience for all students from physical, emotional, and social skills to spiritual well-being," Wilson noted. "Teaching is adapted to be culturally relevant and provide a holistic world view from the Indigenous lens."

Wilson said educators will continue to meet  curricular outcomes, while challenging the school system to be more inclusive "so more kids can belong, engage and hold on."  It's also a positive way to promote citizenship and social responsiblity.

"I've often found I'm not the only teacher in the room," he said. "My (First Nations) students have lessons too. What I learn from them makes me more culturally aware." 

Last Printed: 7/15/2019 11:00 AM
Posted: Jul 15 2019, 2:28 PM

Education and Early Childhood Development

Site selected for Hanwell school

HANWELL (GNB) – A new school for 650 students in kindergarten through Grade 8 will be built in Hanwell next to the new Hanwell Community Centre.

“We heard from parents, students, educators and the district education council who were concerned about growing enrolment and overcrowding in Fredericton-area schools,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “The new K-8 school in Hanwell will help address those concerns and keep students living in Hanwell closer to home.”

About 450 students in Hanwell are currently bused to and from schools in Fredericton, which takes between 30 and 60 minutes per trip, because there is no school in their community. The new facility is also expected to alleviate overcrowding in schools on Fredericton’s south side, where enrolment is rising and modular classrooms make up 16 per cent of all classrooms.

The school will feature 36 classrooms, an early childhood room; an outdoor learning area; two gyms; specialty learning spaces such as music rooms, a performing arts room, art rooms, science rooms, technology labs and resource spaces; and open project work areas for group collaboration.

The design will incorporate modern learning concepts, with the goal of creating an environment that engages learners of all ages and personalities, and promotes well-being among students.

A number of factors are taken into consideration when choosing a site for a new school, including community amenities, community school use, catchment area, accessibility of the site, available utilities, transportation strategies, natural site conditions and site size.

“The community has been actively lobbying for several years to have the opportunity to educate our children closer to home,” said Hanwell Mayor Susan Cassidy. “With today’s announcement of the school’s location, that will become a reality.”

An investment of $3 million was approved in the 2019-20 capital budget for the site selection phase, as well as for planning and design.

The next phase of the project, architectural planning, will proceed now that a location has been chosen.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2020. The school is expected to open in January 2022.​

Last Printed: 6/28/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Jun 28 2019, 9:44 AM

Transportation and Infrastructure

Carbon monoxide monitors to be installed in schools

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government announced today that carbon monoxide monitors will be installed in about 160 provincial schools which have fuel-fired appliances.

Tenders were issued on June 3. Installation work will begin during the summer break and is expected to be completed before school heating systems are turned on this fall.

“The health and safety of our students is our top priority,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “I am proud that this initiative will help ensure our schools remain as safe as possible by providing monitoring devices for schools with fuel-fired appliances.”

“We have identified an opportunity to make our schools safer and we are working diligently to have this work completed,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “Each school requires an individual assessment and plan for installation, and while these assessments are ongoing, we are eager to get started.”

Once installed, these new systems will provide early detection and alerts should carbon monoxide be present in the schools. The devices were not installed in these schools initially as they are not required by the National Building Code of Canada, which is the standard the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure builds to.

“Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur quickly and without notice,” said provincial fire marshal Michael Lewis. “It has no colour, taste or smell and does not irritate the eyes, nose or throat. Whether in the school or at home, installing a carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to ensure people’s safety.”


Last Printed: 6/20/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Jun 20 2019, 9:04 AM

​Students at Park Street Elementary School gathered before a full gymnasium to showcase their accomplishments this school year, while marking ARCC (Awareness, Resiliency, Compassion, Community) Day on June 18.

"We can all be leaders here at Park Street School," the children sang to the school song. "It's the best possible place to grow."

Principal Rien Meesters said students were proud to celebrate ARCC Day and share what they have been learning and doing whether it be lessons in the classroom, passion projects with their teachers, fundraising and community service activities or taking part in monthly school assemblies. 

"This day continues to grow and become a bigger event each year," Meesters said. "It's teacher and student driven and fits in with the province's 10-year education plan to build mental fitness and leadership." 

"The students enjoy it," explained Vice-Principal Tarah Gauvin. "A lot of them get involved in a community piece and become aware of the world around them as well as the world within our school building."

On June 18, there were classroom visits, individual classes presenting special projects, performances in the gym, as well as displays of student art work, music composition and song writing, handmade crafts, baking club, gardening and nutrition, outdoor education, coding, sports and running club and more.

In community service, students raised between $4,000 and $5,000 for various local charities as well as help for the people of Haiti. The students decided what charities they would support after non-profit groups visited the school to explain what they do in the community.

During ARCC Day, student leaders led their own school assembly, outlining their school year, as their teachers and parents watched from the audience.  There was a performance by students involved in musical theatre as well as the school choir and then all students joined in for the school song.

 "It's really amazing to see what we can do in our school, our community and around the world," Grade 5 student Alex Shephard said from the podium.

"Let's take a moment to give ourselves a big round of applause," added Wyatt Wasson, Grade 5.

Other activities for ARCC Day included an outdoor race demonstration by the running club, outdoor games and a family picnic.

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Last Printed: 6/18/2019 2:00 PM
Posted: Jun 18 2019, 3:02 PM

​Abigail Cartwright is a brave, young woman on a mission. She graduates from Leo Hayes High School this year with a long list of achievements under her belt, despite her personal struggle with serious health issues.

When she started high school, Cartwright was an athlete who planned many sports. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a group of disorders that affects connective tissues supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and many other organs and tissues. It presents as a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications. 

"She did not let this stand in her way," said Vice-Principal Natalie Capson-Daniels. "She decided to find new things to do with her time, and joined the Science Club, Free the Children, and Best Buddies. In Grade 10, she became a Peer Mentor and took on a leadership role in both Peer Mentors and Best Buddies. In September 2018, she was chosen as one of four LHHS students to attend the Canadian Leadership Conference in Alberta. This summer, she will be travelling to Ecuador to help build a school and has been helping to raise he money to make this initiative happen."

Cartwright has also had an active role for the last two years in the New Brunswick Youth Voice Committee. This committee focuses on the Convention on the Rights of the Child’s Article 19, which states that “you have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind. " She ​has also assisted in training other young people, developing resources, and working on strategies to keep children safe in New Brunswick and has presented to UNICEF on behalf of Canada on strategies for youth safety.

"This is an impressive resume for anyone, but knowing what Abby had to overcome everyday makes it even more extraordinary," Capson-Daniels explained. 

At the start of Grade 10, Cartwright's health began to decline rapidly. By the start of Grade 11, her right arm became useless and would constantly dislocate with her hips and knees soon following suit. She was told that she needed to start water therapy, or she would be confined to a wheelchair. She had an operation on her right shoulder to stabilize it during exam week of Grade 11. Some nerves were damaged in her neck and she was unable to swallow or talk, and was told that she would need a feeding tube. She worked hard to overcome this. Six months later, she had to have multiple surgeries on the same shoulder as it dislocated many times and she would need to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance and sedated in order to relocate it.

Cartwright is now set to graduate with the ability to use both arms and muscle gain in her hips. She completed a dual credit program at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), completing a first year computer science course this year. She has been accepted into the engineering program at UNB and plans to attend McGill University after that to obtain a degree in biomedical engineering. Her goal is to one day return to UNB as a professor and create prosthetics.

Last Printed: 6/7/2019 12:00 PM
Posted: Jun 11 2019, 3:20 PM

​A retirement celebration in Oromocto June 8 recognized over 90 employees of ASD-W who have served the education system in various capacities and from many different positions through several years. They included district staff, teachers, principals, vice-principals, educational assistants, custodians and bus drivers. All had reached an important milestone, marking the completion of their successful careers with the district.

"We all know it is bittersweet to leave a workplace you have enjoyed," said Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney. "The place we work and the people we know grow to mean so much to us. The changes and challenges we have experienced through the years stay with us in our collective memories. But it is the students and those we have see go on to achieve great things that make us the most proud. The children have been our inspiration and greatest reward."

Blaney told the retirees whatever their job description, their work and commitment have strengthened district operations through the years, and they would not be forgotten by their colleagues as they begin a new stage of life.

"You have made an important contribution to education, while following our vision and our values for excellence, teamwork, professionalism and shared leadership," she said. "You have each played a key role in creating a safe and positive learning environment for our students across every corner of the district. Now is the time for new beginnings. The world is out there waiting for you with new rivers to swim and new mountains to climb. Just imagine the possiblities - you have earned it."​

Shown in the photos below are long-serving employees (1) Haldean Alward, bus driver, Doaktown; (2) Clarence Carr, custodian, Hartland; (3) Dorothy Duncan, district office, Fredericton; (4) Betty Hawkins, educational assistant, Harvey; (5) Angela Boudreau, teacher, Chipman; (6) Cheryl Miles, teacher/learning specialist, Fredericton; (7) Brent Shaw, teacher, Harvey; (8) Rita Sivitilli, teacher, Chipman; (9) Joan Corey, teacher, Oromocto; (10) Joanne Eales, teacher, McAdam; (11) Karen Little, teacher, Fredericton; (12) Michel Lanteigne, teacher, Geary; (13) Brenda Cameron, teacher, Fredericton; (14) Connie Boone, bus driver, Hartland; (15) Jocelyn Doucet, teacher, Burton; (16) Donna Marie Langille, teacher, Bristol; (17) Heather Sharpe, teacher, Hartland: (18) Carol Irving, teacher, Woodstock.


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Last Printed: 6/10/2019 2:00 PM
Posted: Jun 11 2019, 8:37 AM

Education and Early Childhood Development

Amendments introduced to immunization record requirements

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government introduced legislative amendments today that would remove non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization requirements for public school and licensed early learning and child care admissions. The amendments are to the Education Act and the Public Health Act.

 “Our highest priority is the health and safety of New Brunswick students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “These changes will help make sure as many children as possible are vaccinated and help protect the most vulnerable members of society.”

The legislative amendments would require students attending public schools and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities – either currently enrolled in or being admitted for the first time – to provide either proof of immunization or a medical exemption on a form signed by a medical professional.

The Act Respecting Proof of Immunization would come into effect Sept. 1, 2021 and would:

  • remove sections in both acts that allow non-medical exemptions to be presented in place of immunization records or medical exemption; and
  • result in modifications to the Licensing Regulation – Early Childhood Services Act which refers to practices outlined in the Public Health Act.

“I am proud to be introducing these changes,” said Cardy. “Vaccines are a safe and proven way to prevent the spread of many diseases, some of which can be life threatening, especially for individuals with compromised immune systems.”

Last Printed: 6/7/2019 2:00 PM
Posted: Jun 07 2019, 1:18 PM

Autism Learning Partnership, a branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, is beginning a consultation process with parents/guardians of preschool and school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder.

Autism Learning Partnership seeks to understand the needs of parents in terms of training on autism spectrum disorder in order to be able to develop resources that will specifically address these needs.

A survey is underway to gather important and essential information to identify priorities for the development of future training initiatives. 

The survey is posted on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/alpparentsurveyjune2019

Following the survey, in-person focus groups will be held with parents who have demonstrated an interest in becoming more involved in the process.

For more information, contact Lynn Gaudet at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development at lynn.gaudet2@gnb.ca or call 506-238-0243.

Last Printed: 6/5/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Jun 05 2019, 10:07 AM

​Twenty-five, Grade 11 and 12 students from Fredericton High School provided a musical interlude for seniors at the Parkland Shannex retirement residence June 4 as part of a multi-age experiential learning project called Barrier Mitigation and Connection.

The students wrote and performed their own musical compositions based on earlier recorded interviews with the seniors about their lives, accomplishments, hobbies or favourite memories. The students then wove and translated those stories into music. 

Grade 12 students surrounded the talking voices of the seniors with digital music, while Grade 11 students created purely instrumental works based on the thoughts, feeling and sentiments the seniors had expressed.

"I got to hear the stories while the students were composing," said music teacher Craig Woodcock. "It was a great challenge and unique opportunity for them. Many of the students were touched by the stories they heard."

Woodcock explained the students received their inspiration from the interviews and used mood, notes, harmony and rhythm to put their pieces together. They were excited to hear and play their music during class and for the seniors at Parkland Shannex.

"It's not that often that we get to talk to seniors," said Grade 12 student Jaime Little. "It was neat to hear about their experiences and pass it along in the pieces we put together."

"It was great to see the music come to life with our instruments and see the reaction of the audience," added Georgia Christie, Grade 11.

Students also performed a vocal number, Three Little Maids from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, to close out the concert.

Compositions by the Grade 11 students were entitled Lake Time, Teaching, Mother's Hymn, Ostern, Bowls, Fools and Trees, Cartoons at the Cottage, and Jigsaw.

The seniors will receive a listening copy of all the music performed to enjoy again in the future.

"It was really nice," said 88-year-old Jack Maxwell. "They did a great job. It's unbelievable what they can do."

Maxwell told the students about his many years working underground as a coal miner in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. The song performed for him about that experience made him feel closer to home, he said.

The school project was made possible through a grant from iHub Learning Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative education in the Anglophone​ public education sector of New Brunswick.​

Shown in the photos below are (1) (left to right) Rhael Merten, Maggie Kerr, Georgia Christie, Anajose Ryes Guevara, Kate MacGregor, Tony Yu, Logan Aalders, Madelyn MacLean; (2) (left rto right) Megan Murphy, Georgia Christie and Madeline Yerxa singing Three LIttle Maids.

Last Printed: 6/4/2019 3:00 PM
Posted: Jun 05 2019, 8:32 AM

​McAdam Avenue Elementary School students have been teaming up with Grade 12 leadership students from Leo Hayes High School to visit with residents at the York Care Centre in Fredericton as part of a multi-age experiential learning project. 

When the buses rolled in on June 3 for their last visit this school year, the residents were happy to see them. The students presented each of the residents with framed photographs to remember them by as well as a stained glass ornament to hang in the window of their room. 

"The thing the students like the  most is seeing the residents smile and getting to know them," Principal Cynthia Burnett said. "Having their big buddies (from LHHS) has made it even better to help bridge that gap with communication. It's been lots of fun for everyone involved. It's really great when they recognize they make someone else happy just by being here." 

Burnett said the project taught her students global competency skills such as relationship building, empathy, respect and communication. They will each write a story about what they learned from the experience.

Each school brought 20 students together for the project starting in March 2019. They joined forces to make two visits to York Care Centre where they played bingo with the residents, made slime with them, and shared some lunch, cake and refreshments. The students also got together at Leo Hayes High to make their gifts for the residents prior to their last visit to the nursing home.

"I enjoyed it and don't mind hanging out with people from different generations," said Garrett Doucette, a Grade 12 students from Leo Hayes. "You learn how to have a conversation, work with younger peers, and be open to other people." 

Nursing home resident Brett Robertson said he made some new friends while socializing with his new school pals.

"It's nice to be able to talk to young people again," Robertson said. "I like rappin' with the youngsters and teaching them stuff. These kids should get all As." 

Josh Collins, a teacher at Leo Hayes High, said it's good for students to "get out of the high school bubble and see how life goes."

"It's good for them to come here and get another life experience," Collins explained. "It gives them another perspective about working with seniors and elementary school students. They were the common ground between the two age groups."

The project was made possible through a grant from iHub Learning Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative education in the Anglophone​ public education sector of New Brunswick.

Shown in the photos below are (1) (left to right) Braxton Robinson, Grade 3 student at McAdam Avenue Elementary with Principal Cynthia Burnett and York Care Centre resident Viola Munn; (2) (left to right) Resident Ellen Saunders-Aube, Ben Young, Grade 12, Leo Hayes HIgh School, Aidan Williamson James Power, Grade 4, McAdam Avenue School, Mikayla Annis, summer student working at York Care Centre, resident Linda Bird, Mitchell Kean, Grade 12, Leo Hayes High, and Gabriella Drost, Grade 2, McAdam Avenue School.

Last Printed: 6/3/2019 2:00 PM
Posted: Jun 03 2019, 3:03 PM

​Jack Roy, a Grade 11 student from Leo Hayes High School in Fredericton, and Rose He, a Grade 11 student from Fredericton High School, are among 16 students chosen from across the country to receive the 2019 Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, presented by the Vimy Foundation of Canada and the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

The Beaverbrook Vimy Prize is dedicated to preserving and promoting Canada's legacy during the First World War as symbolized with the historic victory at Vimy Ridge in April 1917. The notorious battle is recognized as a milestone when Canada came of age as a military force on the world stage.

Recipients of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize have the opportunity to participate in an immersive educational program in Belgium and France during the summer. 

From August 7-20, Roy and He will join this year's other prize winners in travelling to Europe to learn about Canada's history and contributions during the First and Second World War. 

"It is vital that we learn from our past to prevent future conflicts as deadly at the First and Second World Wars," Roy said. "Visiting Vimy Ridge and other battlefields in Europe where Canadians, and more specificilly New Brunswickers fought for what they believed in, serves to educate the youth of today in the most direct way possible."

Alumni from the Vimy Prize become ambassadors for the Vimy Foundation following their participation in the program, and often continue working to share their new knowledge and perspective of the First and Second World Wars with their peers, schools and communities.

Since the program was established in 2006, over 180 students have been awarded the prize and have travelled to Europe with the Vimy Foundation. Some of these high school students have gone on to speak at their school's Remembrance Day ceremonies, address guests at Vimy Foundation events, and study history in university programs across the country.

Shown in the photos below are Jack Roy, Grade 11 student at Leo Hayes High School, and Rose He, Grade 11, Fredericton High School.

Last Printed: 5/30/2019 11:00 AM
Posted: Jun 03 2019, 1:56 PM

​Students across ASD-W were the proud recipients of Turnaround Achievement Awards presented during three ceremonies held recently in Fredericton, Bristol and Woodstock.

The main purpose of the annual awards is to reward students at all levels for turning their lives around through demonstrated effort, commitment and perseverance. The recognition reflects a marked improvement in their behaviour, attitude and academics.

Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney told the students "change is not always easy and it takes personal courage to accomplish significant change that pushes us beyond our comfort zones."

"You just have to get out there and do it and not look back," Blaney said. "Life gets better by opening ourselves up to new learning, new opportunities and new growth.....Sometimes change is painful. Sometimes it's beautiful, but most of the time it's both....Let today be the day you give up on who you've been for who you can become."

Blaney said the award winners worked to overcome obstacles and inner struggles to gain confidence and academic success. They embraced change and came out smiling, stronger and better prepared for their futures.

"Be bold, be courageous and always be your best," she said. "Each day, remind yourself that you are yet again, given another chance to improve on yesterday. If you are committed to doing what it takes, anything is possible. It's up to you. The world is your oyster." 

The awards are sponsored by community and/or private sector partners in each region of the district.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Award winners from the Fredericton ceremony; (2) Award winners from the Bristol ceremony; (3) Award winners from the Woodstock ceremony.

Last Printed: 5/30/2019 3:00 PM
Posted: May 30 2019, 3:30 PM

​Kathy Soucy, an elementary teacher at John Caldwell School in Grand Falls, has been awarded the 2019 New Brunswick Teachers Association (NBTA) Credit Union Award for excellence in teaching. The award was presented May 24 during the NBTA's annual dinner in Fredericton.

Soucy, who will be retiring at the end of this school year, has worked in the public school system for 33 years in the Grand Falls region, joining the teaching staff at John Caldwell School in 1991. She also served as the school's vice-principal from 2006 to 2013 and then returned to her first love of teaching students in the classroom. Soucy also taught for six years at the Monsignor Bernier School.

The NBTA award is presented annually to a member who exhibits teaching excellence and an ongoing commitment to students. 

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) NBTA Credit Union general manager Margery Nichol, teacher Kathy Soucy, and NBTA Credit Union board president Dale Weldon during the award presentation.

Last Printed: 5/30/2019 11:00 AM
Posted: May 30 2019, 10:26 AM

​Within a population of 1,900 or more students at Fredericton High School, there are approximately 40 students from First Nations communities. 

On May 28, an open house took place as part of a social action project organized by students to create greater awareness and appreciation for Indigenous language and culture within the school community.

"The main point of the project is to bring awareness to Indigenous people and their culture especially within a system they weren't even meant to be in," said Amber Solomon, a Grade 12 student from Kingslear First Nation. "Our school works on being inclusive, but I think we can always do more."

Teacher Shana Saunders said the project was developed as part of a social studies class on world issues where five social action groups were formed.

In this case, five Grade 12 students, Colby Marin, Amber Solomon, Grace Tarrant, Kaitlin Scott, and Logan Rumbolt, led their project and reached out to the Kingsclear First Nation community to organize and offer an in-depth look at Indigenous culture to inform and help promote diversity and inclusiveness. As a result, students and staff and members of the public were invited to a full afternoon of activities toward: "Our journey in Indigenizing FHS."

Elder Richard Paul opened the event with prayer in the Wolastoqey language and also performed a smudge ceremony and Honour Song so "you can learn about our culture, who we are, and where we come from," Paul told guests.

Hayley Polchies drummed and sang the Strong Woman Song for a group of young dancers dressed in First Nations attire. More songs and music came from Justice Gruben. The open house also featured displays on Indigenous history, handmade wooden bowls, baskets, arrowheads, jewellery, loom bracelets, medicine bags, dream catchers, jiggle dresses, artwork by Cyril Sacobie and snacks by the Allagash Lunchbox.

For a time, FHS had the distinction of having the largest student body of any high school in the Commonwealth Nations.  In 1999, a second high school, Leo Hayes High School, was constructed on the north side of the city to further accommodate the number of students. Several students from St. Mary's First Nation are currently enrolled at Leo Hayes High.

Shown in the photos below are (1) Attending the open house on Indigenous culture at FHS were Kingslcear First Nation residents (left ro right) Rhonda Solomon, Amber Solomon, Samuel Francis and Mircea Francis; (2) Alara Solomon from Kingsclear First Nation with her Heritage Fair display on the First Peoples. 

Last Printed: 5/29/2019 11:00 AM
Posted: May 29 2019, 12:02 PM
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