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Did you know that Bernie Wolfe Community School in the River East Transcona School Division is home to the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program in the Transcona area?  

EUBP students study English language arts, French, social studies, science and math, health, phys. ed., music and visual arts. And they study Ukrainian language arts as well. In fact, EUBP students spend as much as 50% of their time being exposed to Ukrainian language.  

EUBP students also learn about Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian culture and heritage. EUBP students have the added opportunity to participate in many special activities, such as making pysanky .  

The Bernie Wolfe website says "the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program spans from kindergarten to Grade 8... EUBP subjects are taught with an eye to understanding Ukrainian culture in our multicultural society."

The English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program began in Manitoba in 1979-’80. Hence, EUBP will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this upcoming school year.

A member of Transcona Parents for Ukrainian Education says that, "as parents, we always want the best for our children. I know my child is receiving an excellent education... an enriched education. I know the EUBP offers my child a positive challenge.... and I know my child is happy in the English Ukrainian Bilingual Program."

A young EUBP student at Bernie Wolfe says, "Ukrainian is interesting and fun... and Bernie Wolfe is a great school."

On Jan. 16, EUBP students at Bernie Wolfe ended the Ukrainian Christmas season with a beautiful presentation of Kolyada.  

On Jan. 19, EUBP students from Transcona also celebrated the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth by performing at a Metropolitan’s Ukrainian New Year’s Levee held at the Manitoba Legislative Building. The event was put on by the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club of Winnipeg in conjunction with its 70th anniversary.  

Furthermore, EUBP students are presently studying the Holodomor, the Ukrainian famine and genocide of the 1930s. Students from Bernie Wolfe Community School have, for example, created a work of art in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor, which they plan to present to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

If you have a child who will be starting kindergarten or Grade 1 in September of 2014, consider enrolment in the English-Ukrainian Bilingual Program at Bernie Wolfe.

Kindergarten registration begins on Monday, March 3.

If you’d like more information, please contact Bernie Wolfe Community School at 204-958-6532 or by e-mailing bw@retsd.mb.ca

You should also visit Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education at mpue.ca

Darlene Litchie is a community correspondent for Transcona.

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