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ASPIRE program helps St. Vital students

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Nancy met with ASPIRE participants from Victor H.L. Wyatt school and their instructor Ms. Kaplan at the Legislative Building in July.

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Nancy met with ASPIRE participants from Victor H.L. Wyatt school and their instructor Ms. Kaplan at the Legislative Building in July. Photo Store

This week, students across the province will return to school.  However, many of them have spent the whole summer engaged in active learning.

This summer, I had a chance to meet with students from Louis Riel School Division’s Academic Summer Program Including Recreation and Education (or ASPIRE) when they came on a field trip to the Legislative Building.  

Studies show that many students tend to experience summer learning loss during the summer away from school, forgetting important concepts and skills. LRSD piloted the ASPIRE program at H. L. Victor Wyatt School this year.

For six weeks in July and August, 60 students in Grades 1 through 6 participated in fun summer programming to help them improve or maintain their reading and math skills through activities, experiments, games and field trips that make the lessons relevant and fun.  

Congratulations to the ASPIRE teaching and organizational team, who have done amazing work. I enjoyed talking with these bright, engaged young students and I look forward to seeing where they take their education.

This year our government is investing over $1-million to support summer learning programs like ASPIRE across the province.

Some of the programs include the Community School Investigators program in the Winnipeg and Pembina Trails School Divisions, the Frontier College Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps in Hollow Water, Grand Rapids, Waywayseecappo, Sioux Valley, Fisher River and Oxford House, the University College of the North Into the Wild program in The Pas and Flin Flon and the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine Summer Transitional Program.

Over 1,000 Manitoba students participated in these programs this summer and will have a head start in the year ahead, as they continue developing the solid academic skills that will be essential later in school and in life.

If you have questions about educational programs available in our area or about any other issue, please feel free to contact my office by phone at 204-237-8771, by email at Nancy.Allan@yourmanitoba.ca or visit in person at 51D St. Anne’s Rd.

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