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Local schools would love parents’ help

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Education means many things to different people: a foundation for success, the ability to learn and adapt, a way to encourage new leaders in our community. 

Here in northeast Winnipeg, we understand that a great education benefits the entire community. When we invest in our children’s education, we invest in the future.

Our government’s investments in education can be seen throughout the northeast corner with upgrades to facilities, additional teachers hired, and smaller classes sizes from kindergarten to Grade 3. With smaller class sizes, our young learners get to spend more one-on-one time with their teacher. It is widely acknowledged that those first years at school are critical to building a strong foundation.

We also know children have a better chance to thrive when their physical environment supports their learning. When we reduce the number of students in the early years to 20 students per class, there comes a need for additional space. To that end, our provincial government is investing in additions and renovations to schools as an important part of a quality education. We have invested $29 million to build new classrooms, including in our neighbourhood. Over at John de Graff School, it’s an exciting time for students, parents and teachers as a two-classroom addition to the school is currently underway.

Parent involvement is another crucial component to a child’s success in school.  Strong communication between parents, students and teachers shows students that everyone is working together to help them succeed. One way to help out is by joining the parent council group at your child’s school. Parent council groups do a wonderful job of lending an extra hand to teachers and administrators as well as adding to school life in unique and creative ways. 

I have had the pleasure of meeting with principals and teachers and know they value the important role parents play in the school life of their children. Whether through parent councils, volunteering in the classroom or on field trips, or regular conversations with the teachers, parents can help give their children an enriching school experience that goes above and beyond their expectations. Contact your child’s school if you are looking for ways to be more involved — they would love to have your help.

If you are interested in any upcoming events or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 204-667-7244 or by email at Erna.Braun@yourmanitoba.ca for more information.

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