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Excellence in Education

March 18, 2008

Excellence in Education

“It’s A Gas”, Hanover Heights Campaign

The event, “It’s A Gas” started as an idea in early October when the “Get Mobilized” campaign was brought to the attention of the school by Christina MacDonald, mother of a Hanover Heights student, Natalie MacDonald.  “Get Mobilized” is a wheelchair accessibility awareness campaign created by Jeff Preston.  Jeff is a former Bluewater student who is currently working on his PhD at the University of Western Ontario.  Jeff, Natalie and Christina met at an Easter Seals dinner this past fall.

The “It’s a Gas” fundraiser consisted of the donation of Canadian Tire Money.  This money was then used to help put fuel into the support vehicles of Jeff’s assistants.  Hanover Heights highlighted the Character Education theme of “Commitment” for February and this tied in nicely with Jeff’s mission and their fundraising.

Mrs. Weber’s Grade 3 class wrote to local dignitaries asking them to join the “It’s a Gas” assembly on February 22nd.   Ethan Bender and his friends took it upon themselves to organize a school dance and have Canadian Tire Money as the entry fee.  Other classes had bake sales, letter writing campaigns, internet searches on wheelchair accessibility, dance presentations, and commitment stories.  The Grade 4 classes illustrated posters that were shrunk to fit the top of the donation boxes that were distributed at various locations throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.  

The assembly was a huge success.  Jeff was very articulate and challenged all students to focus on their abilities and figure out how to overcome barriers.  He gave every student a blank name tag and challenged them to NOT write their name, rather write down what they wanted to be known for.  His message was meaningful to all.  Mr. Duncan Hawthorne, CEO and President of Bruce Power was one of the invited guests.  Natalie asked him up to the stage to say a few words.  Not only did Duncan speak about how proud he was of the students for their commitment to Jeff’s campaign, he also wrote a cheque for $5,000 to add to the collection!!  

Today, Pauline Kelly-Seiler, Principal, Kristen Weber, Grade 3 Teacher, Natalie MacDonald, Grade 3 student, and Ethan Bender, Grade Seven student are here to receive the Excellence in Education on behalf of their school, Hanover Heights.

Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
March 18, 2008
For further information please contact
Lori Wilder, Superintendent of Student Services

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