Congratulations to all Lakehead Public Schools employees! Our organization was recognized by the School Boards’ Cooperative with the School Board Safety Leadership Award for our improved safety performance. The award, “Most Improved Statistically for a Medium Sized Board”, was presented to Health and Safety Officer Rick Molloy by Robbin Lavoie, Senior Health and Safety Specialist with School Boards’ Cooperative at the Tuesday, June 12 Standing Committee Meeting.
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) 24th Annual General Meeting held in Thunder Bay last weekend saw Trustees from across the province learning from educational professionals and each other in addition to taking in Thunder Bay sights and culture. The Trustee delegates also stepped up and made a donation of $3,500 to the Thunder Bay flood relief effort.
Left: Catherine Fife, President of the OPSBA, accepts a donation for the Thunder Bay Flood Relief Fund from a Trustee delegate.
“The visiting Trustees were shocked by the level of devastation that our community experienced in the aftermath of the recent flood,” says Deborah Massaro, Chair of the Lakehead District School Board. “With that being said, they were also highly impressed with how our community has come together to help each other during this time of crisis. They know that our community will continue to rebuild and move ahead.”
For more information about the 24th Annual General Meeting held in Thunder Bay, please visit the OPSBA website at: http://tinyurl.com/7usukrx.
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association represents public district school boards and public school authorities across Ontario, which together serve more than 1.3 million public elementary and secondary students.
The Association advocates on behalf of the best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario. OPSBA is seen as the credible voice of public education in Ontario and is routinely called on by the provincial government for input and advice on legislation and the impact of government policy directions.
Once again, Hammarskjold High School students and staff have worked together and with community partners to make their school and our city better places to be. On Thursday, June 14, a new project was unveiled that further demonstrates the school’s commitment to the environment and to improving the culture of Hammarskjold. Through hard work and the support of generous supporters, the students and staff officially opened their new bicycle pad storage area.
“We have been dreaming about having a secure storage area for bicycles since the inception of our environmental committee EnviroHamm in 2004,” says Jenny Lamb, Principal of Hammarskjold High School. “It has been an amazing process to see how students, staff and community supporters all worked together to make this dream a reality. It has also provided an opportunity for our Construction and Manufacturing students to receive practical experience in the design and construction of the bike pad.”
The Hammarskjold High School bike pad provides a secure place where bikes can be locked in a specially designed bike locker or secured on a bike rail all under the watchful eye of a school video camera. Hammarskjold Construction students worked with Lakehead Public Schools maintenance employees to complete preparations necessary for the concrete pad and with generous donations from Lafarge Thunder Bay and Harris Rebar. In addition to the local support, the project also received a $4500 grant from the Skills Canada-Lowes Tool Box for Education Grant.
EnviroHamm was created in 2004 with the goal of enhancing the physical environment of Hammarskjold High School. The committee is composed of students and staff who have worked together over the years to:
Lakehead Public Schools students and staff continue to rise to the occasion to help those in need following the recent flood. All schools have come to the aid of our city and have shown true Lakehead Public Schools character.
Nor’wester View Public School raised $1,850 for flood relief. They held a sock-hop and had a pajama day last week. In addition, the school filled two pick-up truck beds with food and clothing donations.
Typically, Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute hosts a Co-op Employer Appreciation event for all organizations and businesses who give students workplace experience. This year in place of the event, the Churchill Co-op Program will make a donation on behalf of the program and the employers to Ogden Community Public School families who have suffered from the flooding in our community.
The need for food, clothing and other necessities continues in the Ogden Community. To see Lakehead Public Schools character in action, take a look at the TBT clip from Wednesday, June 13 - http://www.tbnewswatch.com/video/24762/Flood-kids
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