One of my favourite parts of summer is getting a chance to spend time in St. Vital, hearing about the issues that matter to you.
Regardless of where in the constituency I go, I hear consistently from parents who care about their child’s education. They want their children to have every opportunity possible while at school — opportunities not just to learn the basics, but to develop their skills, discover where their interests lie, and explore their talents.
We want our young people to have state-of-the-art learning environments where they have access to the latest technologies.
School may be out, but great things are happening in our schools. Design work and construction is now underway on 30 science labs in 26 schools throughout the province. In St. Vital, design work is underway on new biology labs at Dakota Collegiate and Glenlawn Collegiate, as well as at numerous other schools across Winnipeg.
Each science lab renovation project will also receive grants for state-of-the-art equipment like SMART Boards, digital microscopes and self-contained ecosystem aquariums — the latest technology to help teachers engage students in the fascinating world of science.
These labs are a part of the government’s Science Education Action Plan to ensure that high school students have access to the best labs, the best tools and the best curriculum possible.
Health and fitness are also critically important to our children’s education, and it is important that we do everything we can to help instil physical activity as a lifelong habit for our students, including investing in gymnasium facilities.
At Nordale School, the provincial government is building a new gymnasium storage room and two new barrier-free accessible gymnasium change rooms through our five-year Active Schools Fund. At Dakota Collegiate, plans are being reviewed for a new 2,000-square-foot fitness room addition.
Investing in our gymnasium facilities is not just good for our students — it is good for the community as a whole. Under the government’s new Community Use of Schools policy, school boards are encouraged to make school facilities available to the public when they are not being used by students. We want to make sure that St. Vital schools are a place where our neighbourhood can come together and be healthier.
As MLA for St. Vital, I want to hear what other issues are important to you. Feel free to contact my office by phone at 204-237-8771, by email at Nancy.Allan@yourmanitoba.ca or stop by in person at 51D St. Anne’s Rd.