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This article was published 19/05/2020 (1111 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I hope you are all doing well during these trying times.

Although schools have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, learning is still in progress. I would like to commend all Louis Riel School Division staff for working diligently to keep students supplied with learning materials and connecting with them. I also would like to commend parents and caregivers in their efforts to home school their children while juggling work commitments.

To highlight some of the things that are happening in our division, I will start with Nelson McIntyre Collegiate’s Junior Achievement program, led by Adriano Magnifico.

Supplied photo A photo collage of items created with recycled items at home by Michelle Didyk’s École Sage Creek School ‘Super Kids’.

Student entrepreneurs have been busy working from home making environmentally sustainable ‘Joeys,’ which are reusable fabric bags, which house mesh bags for putting produce in when shopping. Each Joey is handcrafted by students using a detailed problem-solving process involving sewing machines, power tools and drill presses. The Joey Team proudly donated $2,000 from its proceeds to the Children’s Hospital Foundation to fund epilepsy research.

The Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre’s broadcast media program featured Isabella Soares conducting an interview with Mayor Brian Bowman in April. Isabella eloquently asked Mayor Bowman about his personal life during the pandemic, about city layoffs, how federal funding will mitigate effects of the pandemic and what changes will be made when the state of emergency is lifted.

Isabella’s questions were well prepared and as a result she received great feedback from the mayor. She asked what positive message he would send to the people of Winnipeg and he responded: “Thank-you for doing your part.”

He then asked Isabella what she would do as mayor and she very calmly answered, “I would use social media, as you are doing, to bring out positivity and support local communities.”

Heidi Forrester, an LRSD human ecology consultant, orchestrated a donation of personal protective equipment for health care workers which included gloves, masks, face shields, safety glasses and fabric not needed by the division. These items were packed by educational assistants and delivered by bus drivers to Doctors Manitoba.

Teachers have been working hard to connect with their students.

Michelle Didyk from École Sage Creek School, sent out a virtual challenge to her ‘Super Kids’ to create a work of art using items from their recycling bins. They created a computer, a basketball hoop and a dinosaur mask, to name a few.

École Provencher posted a lettered message in French on school windows saying, “Les Amis de Provencher Nous Penson a Vous.” In English, that would read “We Miss You Very Much.”

Archwood School staff posted a message on Twitter with pictures of staff holding signs saying they miss and love their students and can’t wait to see them again!

This is just a smattering of the many positive things happening in LRSD to ensure students are not forgotten. Everyone is doing their part, from board office personnel to school administrators and staff.

All this makes me proud to be a trustee in the LRSD and instills confidence in me that we will come through this pandemic as stronger, more caring, confident and resilient people contributing to a democratic and sustainable world.

Take care. Keep well.

Josie Landry is a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

Josie Landry

Josie Landry
Louis Riel School Division trustee report

Josie Landry is a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

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