Oct 10, 2008
MIRAMICHI (CNB) - More than 200 children at Harkins Elementary in Miramichi are learning to love reading, thanks to a community-based literacy program that brings volunteer mentors into their school.
The Department of Education is building on that support by designating the K-5 school as one of two new community schools in District 16, Education Minister Kelly Lamrock announced during a visit to the school today. Millerton Elementary and Junior High School, which teaches grades K-8 to about 130 students, is also being designated as a community school.
"It's my hope that these two schools will build on their successes in attracting into their classrooms the talent and generosity that exists in their community," Lamrock said. "The extra staff we are providing will help transform these schools into centres of opportunity for children, youth, families and communities before, during and after school hours."
The community schools designation earns each school a new, half-time staff position in charge of developing partnerships with public, private and volunteer groups in their respective communities.
To date, 41 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 another $3.3 million in the community schools initiative.
During today's announcement, Lamrock visited children who came to school dressed as their favourite storybook characters, and read stories with their volunteer mentors. The children also presented food, collected from home, to the local food bank as part of their Thanksgiving-week school activities.
Lamrock also announced that District 16 will receive more than $130,000 to fund six more special classroom projects under the Innovative Learning Fund (ILF). The fund is a signature project of When Kids Come First, an ambitious plan to build the best education system in the country.
During 2008-09, the ILF will invest:
Between its launch August 2007 and the end of the 2008-09 school year, the ILF will have invested $6.8 million in New Brunswick classrooms.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of new District 16 ILF projects that received funding during Round 1 of the 2008-09 school year, and a list of community schools designated to date. MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, Education, 506-457-4999.
District 16 ILF recipients, Round 1, 2008-09
Community Schools announced through Oct. 10, 2008
École Champlain, Moncton
École Abbey-Landry, Memramcook
École Arc-en-ciel, Oromocto
Forest Glen School, Moncton
Beaverbrook School, Moncton
École Régionale-de-Saint-André, Saint-André
École Ernest-Lang, Saint-François
École Saint-Joseph, Saint-Joseph-de-Madawaska
École La Croisée de Robertville, Robertville
École Carrefour-Étudiant, Beresford
Polyvalente Roland-Pépin, Campbellton
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'Escale-des-Jeunes, Bas-Caraquet
Polyvalente Louis-Mailloux, Caraquet
École Terre-des-Jeunes, Paquetville
Fundy High School, St. George
St. Stephen Elementary School, St. Stephen
École Régionale de Baie-Sainte-Anne, Baie Sainte-Anne
École Blanche-Bourgeois, Cocagne
École Soleil Levant, Richibucto
Andover Elementary School, Perth-Andover
Southern Carleton Elementary School, Bedell
Bathurst High School, Bathurst
Dalhousie Regional High School, Dalhousie
Bonar Law Memorial School, Rexton
Eleanor W. Graham Middle School, Richibucto
Harkins Elementary School, Miramichi
Millerton Elementary and Junior High School, Derby
Cambridge-Narrows School, Cambridge-Narrows
Geary Elementary School, Geary
Lower Lincoln Elementary School, Lincoln
Devon Middle School, Fredericton
Keswick Ridge School, Keswick Ridge