Sept. 17, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The first partnership under the new designation of community school has been unveiled by Lower Lincoln Elementary School.
The partnership between School District 17 and the Fredericton International Airport will see exemplary work from K-5 students on display in both the airport's arrivals and departures areas. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their work in science, literacy, numeracy and art. The partnership supports the government's When Kids Come First commitment to provide students with the means to express their passion for learning.
"Engaging communities and partners in improving schools and academic achievement is essential to the success of building the best education system in the country," Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said. "Community groups, businesses, schools, teachers and parents have all recognized the importance each can play in providing hands-on learning experiences for children in their own communities. Their collective response to the community schools initiative that we launched a year ago has been tremendous, and we are well on our way to meeting our goal of 75 designated community schools."
A community school encourages the community to become more active in the life of a school and in helping children learn. It also helps them develop a sense of belonging and commitment.
Community schools use resources such as volunteer groups, parents, public services and recreational and cultural opportunities to turn a school into a centre of opportunity for children, youth, families and communities, before, during and after school hours.
"By investing and forming partnerships with businesses and communities, we will meet our goal of becoming a self-sufficient province," Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne said. "This display, strategically located at the Fredericton airport, will give newcomers and returning New Brunswickers alike a sense of how their children can be educated, belong and be better in New Brunswick."
To date, 32 schools from both the anglophone and francophone sectors have been designated as community schools. In the 2008-09 school year, the Department of Education will invest $3.3 million in the community schools initiative.
The initiative, and the other 140 specific actions outlined in When Kids Come First, will advance the province toward its objective of building the best education system in the country.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A complete list of current designated community schools follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, communications, Education, 506-444-4714.
Designated community schools as of Sept.17, 2008
École Champlain, Moncton
École Abbey-Landry, Memramcook
Forest Glen School, Moncton
Beaverbrook School, Moncton
École Régionale-de-Saint-André, Saint-André
École Ernest-Lang, Saint-François
École La Croisée de Robertville, Robertville
École Carrefour-Étudiant, Beresford
Sussex Middle School, Sussex
Quispamsis Elementary School, Quispamsis
Hazen White/St. Francis School, Saint John
Centennial School, Saint John
St. Patrick's School, Saint John
Lorne Middle School, Saint John
Glen Falls School, Saint John
St. John the Baptist/King Edward School, Saint John
Centre scolaire communautaire La Fontaine, Neguac
École l'Éscale-des-Jeunes, Bas-Caraquet
Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux, Caraquet
Fundy High School, St. George
St. Stephen Elementary School, St. Stephen
École Régionale de Baie-Sainte-Anne, Baie-Sainte-Anne
École Blanche-Bourgeois, Cocagne
Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover
Bathurst High School, Bathurst
Dalhousie Regional High School, Dalhousie
Bonar Law Memorial School, Rexton
Eleanor W. Graham Middle School, Richibucto
Cambridge-Narrows School, Cambridge-Narrows
Geary Elementary School, Geary
Devon Middle School, Fredericton
Keswick Ridge School, Keswick Ridge