Like many parents, this September I sent my child off to school for the first time.
In Manitoba, we want to set our young people on the path to find a good job, so they can buy a house and set down roots here in their home province. This path starts with building an excellent school system.
A couple weeks ago, I met with students and staff at École LaVérendrye for a sod-turning ceremony (great singing, kids!). The ceremony celebrated the $5-million investment we’re making in a new gymnasium and classrooms for the students, as well as the incredible fundraising by parents and the partnership with the City of Winnipeg and Winnipeg School Division.
In the Fort Rouge area, we’re also building a new gym for Kelvin High School and we’re making investments in the Earl Grey, Fort Rouge and Gladstone schools. At each of these schools, parents, alumni and others are working hard to raise money and make plans for the best use of these facilities.
Our government has made, and will continue to make, a choice: to build instead of cut. Since we came into government, we have increased education funding by 65 per cent, to a total of $1.27 billion. This funding makes investments like the new gym for École LaVérendrye possible.
Our commitment to smaller class sizes in the first years of a child’s education means that we are funding schools to hire more teachers.
We are building new child care spaces in every new school and bringing in legislation to protect child care spaces already in schools. We all know the importance of a child being ready to learn and getting good quality early childhood education helps our kids succeed in school.
We’re fortunate to have excellent schools in Fort Rouge. Every time I stop by, I’m newly impressed with how dedicated the staff and parents are. I’m proud to be part of a provincial government that supports our schools with the resources they need, and works with teachers and parents to make our schools the best they can be.
To parents of kids going into Nursery or Kindergarten: Fort Rouge School is always accepting applications. The sooner you sign up, the better.
To our students, families, staff and teachers, I wish you all the best this school year! To share your ideas or learn more about our investments in education, please call me at 204-946-0272, visit my website at JenniferHoward.ca, or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.