Recruiting volunteer mentors part of community school outreach in District 10 (08/10/31)

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Oct. 31, 2008

ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - Two elementary schools in District 10 have been designated New Brunswick's newest community schools, Education Minister Kelly Lamrock announced during a visit with students at Milltown Elementary School today.


Milltown Elementary and St. George Elementary School will each receive a new, half-time staff position in charge of developing partnerships with public, private and volunteer groups in their respective communities.

"These two schools have already shown the Department of Education how committed they are to connecting with volunteers in Charlotte County," Lamrock said. "This designation will help them build on their existing achievements."

A community school fosters relationships to create a centre of opportunity for children, youth, families and communities during and after school hours. It allows parents and community members to work with teachers to support the school as a centre of learning with a focus on academics, family supports and community service.

Milltown Elementary has already formed partnerships with several St. Stephen companies that allow their employees to work as volunteer mentors for at-risk students. As well, the school hosts a computer lab that is open to the public, and various sports and community group activities.

At St. George Elementary, teachers and administrators are working toward forming partnerships with private companies in the community, and the school hosts a number of public activities throughout the year.

To date, 45 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.

Lamrock also announced that a District 10 will also receive $2,235 from the Innovative Learning Fund (ILF) in 2008-09 to pay for a reading project at Pennfield Elementary School. The program encourages children to read non-fiction adventure books promoting science, history, social studies, sports and culture.

Since the ILF was launched in 2007, District 10 schools have received about $140,784 for special classroom-based projects that promote hands-on learning among students.

The ILF is a multi-million-dollar fund to help teachers bring creative ideas into their schools. It is a signature project of When Kids Come First, an ambitious plan to build the best education system in the country.

The ILF is available to any teacher, school or school district within the New Brunswick public education system. All projects approved for funding must focus on improving student academic performance, or enhancing teaching practices with a clear connection to literacy, numeracy and science.

During 2008-09, the ILF will invest:

Since its launch in August 2007, the ILF has invested $6.8 million in New Brunswick classrooms.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, communications, Department of Education, 506-457-4999.