Nov. 5, 2008
PORT ELGIN (CNB) - Four schools in District 2 have been designated New Brunswick's newest community schools. Education Minister Kelly Lamrock made this announcement during a visit with students at Port Elgin Regional School today.
The schools will share a new, full-time staff position in charge of developing partnerships with public, private and volunteer groups in their respective communities.
"The connections that these schools make with the people and organizations in southeastern New Brunswick can teach children that learning doesn't only happen in a classroom," Lamrock said. "This designation will help these students grow up to become more involved citizens. It will help them understand that they have something to contribute to the world."
The four new community schools in District 2 are:
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.
To date, 49 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 District 2 will receive about $122,000 from the Innovative Learning Fund (ILF) in 2008-09 to pay for hands-on learning projects in school classrooms.
The ILF is a multimillion-dollar fund to help teachers bring creative ideas into their schools. It is a signature project of When Kids Come First, a plan to build the best education system in the country.
The ILF is available to any teacher, school or school district in 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following are new District 2 ILF projects that received funding during Round 1 of the 2008-09 school year. MEDIA CONTACT: Jordan O'Brien, communications, Department of Education, 506-457-4999.
District 2 ILF recipients, Round 1, 2008-09