While I was out in our neighbourhood recently I had the opportunity to speak with Brette Aubert, an energetic Grade 2 and 3 teacher at Ryerson Elementary School.
She is also the program co-ordinator for Pembina Trails School Division’s new Ignite 3 (Inspire, Inquire and Innovate) program.
Speaking with Brette, it’s evident that teachers and parents are excited about what this new program has to offer children in our community. The Ignite 3 program was developed by the Pembina Trails School Division and is modelled after the very successful Community Schools Investigator (CSI) Program.
Ignite 3 is a six-week day camp taking place at Ryerson School this summer. It focuses on closing gaps in numeracy and literacy, reducing summer learning loss, strengthening the students’ academic skills and providing physical activities and cultural experiences to young people. There are currently 60 Fort Richmond students attending Ignite 3 at Ryerson, with other program sites at Westgrove School and General Byng School.
Staff at the three sites include students from the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and recent education graduates. Volunteers also play a large role in the program and students from Acadia Junior High, Oak Park Collegiate and Fort Richmond Collegiate are involved.
All the best to participants, staff and volunteers for a wonderful summer!
Another Fort Richmond program CanU, received some very exciting news. They recently won the Kidsville competition, which offers a $10,000 prize to organizations that support youth in the community.
CanU is an after-school mentoring program that teams up local young people with students from the University of Manitoba. It introduces them to the idea of post-secondary education and helps them see that attending university is a possibility for their future.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this amazing program!
I would also like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Fort Richmond MLA awards. I was pleased to present the Community Service Award to Kathryn Yarchuk and the Citizenship Award to Seema Sidhu. Best of luck to both of you in all your future endeavours.
If you would like to learn more about these or other programs in our community, please call me at 204-475-9433 or email me at Kerri.Irvin-Ross@YourManitoba.ca