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Students sought for year-long education project

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We’re looking for two students entering Grade 5 next month -- one in a private school, and one in a First Nation school in Manitoba -- to take part in a year-long education project.

The Free Press is planning a year-long feature project for the 2012-2013 school year, in which we’ll track, compare, and contrast Grade 5 students:

  • one from an urban public school,
  • one from a rural public school,
  • one from a northern public school,
  • one from a private school, and
  • one from a First Nation school.

We have volunteers for the first three, but still need the latter two.  We’re especially encouraging families from St. John’s-Ravenscourt and Balmoral Hall School to volunteer for the private-school segment.

Parents would need to commit for the entire 10 months of the school year, and they and their child would need to meet with reporter Nick Martin or be interviewed by telephone throughout the school year.

The family will be fully identified and photographed for our stories, which will be published four times through the year: the first week of school, in December, in March, and in late June.

The series aims to track every aspect of the kids’ school lives --- class size and composition, amount of homework, in-service days, extracurricular activities, tests, fees and extra costs, field trips, early dismissals, days not spent in school, subjects covered, range of programs --- the entire gamut. Parents and their kids would track this information.

If you're interested in getting involved, we'd appreciate hearing from you. Please email nick.martin@freepress.mb.ca.

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Updated on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 11:29 AM CDT: Adds information on additional students needed.

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