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Board Meetings

April 21, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cindy Aitken (Committee Chair), John Chapman, Rick Galbraith, Marg Gaviller, Jan Johnstone, Ross King, Marilyn McComb, Gail Nadjiwon, Tim Reaburn, Theresa Root and Jennifer Yenssen
Student Senators:
Megan Myles, Riel Warrilow
Jean Stephenson (Co-ordinator), Mary Anne Alton, Marnie Coke, Alana Murray, Richard Gerson, Lori Wilder, and Pat Luckhart (Executive Assistant)
ABA Representative:
Cathy Thomson

The Educational Issues Committee received the following reports:
•     Character Development – Free The Children

Mary Anne Alton referred to the report in the Ed Issues package.  Students and staff from schools across Bluewater District School Board are becoming part of the “Me to We” movement.

Sierra Leone School – Kincardine District Secondary School “Free the Children” Club.
Michelle McIver and students Sahil Patel, Jenn Taylor, Janelle Taylor and Amanda Smith from Kincardine District Secondary School, provided a power point presentation about the “Free the Children” group that was formed in the fall of 2006.  This group of dedicated young teens have raised community awareness about “Free the Children” and through many fundraising activities raised $8,500.00 last year to build a school in Sierra Leone.  This year they have raised $4,000 to date.

Jan Johnstone, through a power point presentation, conveyed the moving story of her daughter Emma Jordan ( 1989-2002), Emma’s love of school and her dream of building a school in a third world country and helping underprivileged children.   Emma’s school became a reality with the help of another amazing young lady, Jordana Weiss, who donated all gifts from her bat mitzvah.  Jordana was invited to be part of a Free the Children International Volunteer Trip to Guamote, Ecuador, where the school was built.

Staff Reports:  
Character Development – “Free the Children”
Todd Wainwright talked briefly about the Character Education Initiative in Bluewater, which began in October 2006.  He stressed that the best program that students can become involved in is one in which they can take ownership.  The students that are participating in Me to We and Free the Children are “living the social responsibility”.

Twenty-five educators participated in an in-service in January 2009, Directors of Change, which was organized by Paul Bolton, an elementary teacher at Arran Tara Elementary School.  Paul also talked about his class and their fundraising activities for Free the Children.

Karen Spragg, System Lead Teacher and former Bruce Peninsula District School staff member, and Megan Myles, Student Trustee from BPDS gave a power point presentation on Interdisciplinary Planning, Me to We and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). BPDS has incorporated the 4 pillars into the classroom: World Concerns, Human Rights, Intercultural Learning and Environmental Concerns. Classes submit action plans and at the end of the year, they choose a plan and act on that plan.  Students are planning a trip to Ecuador.  They are asking “can we make a difference”  “what is my place in the world”.  Karen noted that “we are creating global citizens – not just handing out knowledge”.

Sarah Slater and students from Hillcrest Central School, Teeswater, gave a presentation on the 2nd Annual National Me to We Day at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.  The rally was a hit and it made them think about not only their school, but their country and the world around them.  They talked about “the 100 School Challenge” and  the fact that “it is our world and let’s change it”.

Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
21 April 2009   
For further information please contact
Cindy Aitken, Chair or Jean Stephenson, Superintendent of Student Success


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