Recognizing teachers and celebrating reading
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This article was published 25/03/2021 (800 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Celebrating I Love to Read Month is definitely one of the best parts of being an MLA, because it is an opportunity to speak directly to students and teachers together.
I really appreciate having the opportunity to spend some real time meeting with teachers and students and learning all about their great ideas for our province.
This year was a little different considering it was all virtual, but I must say that the schools in my constituency — Tyndall Park, Garden Grove, Meadows West, Stanley Knowles, Prairie Rose and Shaughnessy Park — far exceeded my expectations and made celebrating I Love to Read Month virtually not only possible, but also fun and informative.
Between the 14 classrooms, I read a broad series of very important books. Some were fun, silly and lighthearted like Curious George and Have You Filled a Bucket Today?. Others were more serious and informative, such as the The Orange Shirt Story and Uniquely Wired.
Along with the readings, it was nice to be able to check in with the students during the pandemic and remind both students and teachers that they are, technically, my bosses and how it is my job to bring their concerns and ideas to the attention of the provincial government.
This year, students in Tyndall Park shared lots of ideas. A few included immediate consideration for more accessible compost options for households and making sure teachers have money to buy students the resources they need to learn. There were also other fun suggestions such as a three-hour gym class; however, I felt this one might need a little more debate in the classroom first.
In addition to these great ideas, I also want to say how doing virtual readings with schools really made me appreciate just how flexible and adaptable our teachers have been in their abilities with teaching and adapting to online and in class studies.
So, a big acknowledgement and thank you to our teachers, school administrators, parents and students.
You have all really championed extreme, unpredictable changes throughout the pandemic and are still going strong.
Tyndall Park constituency report
Cindy Lamoureux is the Liberal MLA for Tyndall Park.