Another school year has begun. Students across the province dusted off pencils, scribblers and
three-ring binders, or fired up their laptops last week and returned to classes.
Our West End schools feature not just first-class academics but also fine and performing arts, athletics, and cultural education. From the Maroons and Hornets sports teams at DMCI and Tec Voc, to the Clifton Idol competition at Clifton School, to the Grade 7 Writing Club at Sargent Park, some of the most active, creative schools in Manitoba are found in our neighbourhood.
Our schools are also gathering places for the community, often hosting educational, social, recreational and cultural activities. The grounds redevelopment at John M. King School is a great asset to the surrounding neighbourhoods. I am pleased that the Government of Manitoba has been able to provide assistance for new soccer goalposts and a community entrance, through the Sports Opportunities and Community Places Programs.
Investment in early childhood education is critical too. Staff at child care centres like the Busy Bee Day Care Centre on McGee Street enhance our young children’s education through fun activities and help them get ready for school, as well as provide care to students, allowing parents to work full-time.
Busy Bee Day Care has put a lot of effort into developing its facility to offer high-quality child care. This includes expansions to add an infant and multi-purpose area as well as a large gym.
This project was assisted by a total of $49,000 in provincial support through the Community Places Program. The daycare has also received $158,000 in provincial funding to add 39 new child care spaces, ensuring that more West End children can enjoy professional early childhood education.
It’s important to recognize the parents and guardians, teachers, child care professionals and school leaders who support our children. These people make sure that students get the best education and have the best opportunities possible.
To everyone who is headed back to school this fall, I wish you the best in the coming year. I look forward to seeing you on the sidelines, in the stands, in the audience or in the classroom.