On Tuesday, Oct 22 the Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO) announced the launch of their new online portal for the Standing Bear Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (Standing Bear), at Wallaceburg District Secondary School. Standing Bear is a leadership program for Indigenous youth (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) between the ages of 14 and 24, residing in Ontario; the program consists of a core Indigenous component and six elective streams, to align with youth interests and needs. The Standing Bear program is currently offered at WDSS, led by Ojibwe/Native Studies Teacher Zhahwun Shognosh (right).
A $20,000 donation by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent has allowed St. Clair College and the Lambton Kent District School Board to create a unique partnership involving students in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program and Kindergarten students at Winston Churchill Public School. A classroom was donated by the school board to be used as an early learning lab and the municipal funds were used by the college to furnish the room. A grand opening ceremony was held on Oct. 30. The program focuses on building positive relationships between the children and the college students. Up to 15 kindergarten pupils are brought into the ECE classroom with their educators to interact with the college students. The scenario is then rotated, and the college students head over to the kindergarten classrooms to work with the children.
Many thanks to the Noelle's Gift foundation for their donation of $64,000 to the Lambton Kent and St. Clair Catholic district school boards. This generous gift supports local students and families in need. Noelle’s Gift funds are used to purchase eyeglasses, clothing, food, medicine and medical equipment for students in need. The Noelle's Gift charitable fund was established in memory of Noelle Paquette, a former Kindergarten teacher with St. Clair Catholic, who passed away in January 2013.
Great Lakes Secondary School Principal Jim Stewart shows off his form in the finished fitness and wrestling space.
On November 1, Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls, Mayor Darrin Canniff and representatives from the Lambton Kent District School Board hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of the $3.56 million renovation and expansion at Chatham Kent Secondary School, which is funded by the government of Ontario. The renovation and expansion will improve school facilities and upgrade equipment, as well as expand the cafeteria to accommodate an increased student population. The renovation includes a refreshed façade to modernize and improve natural lighting. The LKDSB will also be expanding the busing zone to accommodate more buses and improve student safety. We are hoping to begin construction in the spring of 2020 and the work is expected to be completed during the 2020-21 school year.
Representatives from Foresight International and the New Taipei Board of Education recently visited LKDSB. Foresight is a strong partner and friend of the LKDSB. Many staff from LKDSB have had the chance to visit Taiwan and learn about ongoing International Education opportunities. The LKDSB was presented with a token of thanks for welcoming 15 students from New Taipei City Board of Education for a three-week program. Partners from Foresight International joined LKDSB International Education staff for a few days to discuss upcoming projects, including: student exchanges; sending teachers and principals abroad for summer ESL camps; and Co-op experiences. From left: Caroline, Kirsten Ramsay, Wayne Fan, Principal Mo, John, Tony and Cal McCabe.