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KPR is Awesome

The #KPRisAwesome blog highlights, and celebrates, the joy and excellence found in all of our schools. Great things are happening every day, so check this blog often!

Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month

November is Indigenous Peoples Awareness Month at KPR! Click here to see some of our students and community members participating in learning opportunities, events and activities!

#KPRisAwesome - October 31, 2018

KPR's learning with parents & taking classrooms outside; Click below for this week's #KPRisAwesome blog: 

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#KPRisAwesome - October 5, 2018

KPR’s learning about the richness of Indigenous culture and reaffirming that Every Child Matters.  Click below for this week's #KPRisAwesome Blog: 

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#KPRisAwesome - September 14, 2018

Off to a great school year from Day One!
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#KPRisAwesome - June 25, 2018

Welcome to the last blog of the 2017-18 school year. Have a safe, happy, healthy summer, everyone, whether you’re working, playing or relaxing. We’ll miss you. See you all in September!

Bowmanville High School students take annual journey of kindness

Imagine a secondary school course whose final exam involves showing kindness to strangers.

Seem unlikely? Students in Rhonda Story’s Grade 12 leadership class have done just that for the past two years. 

Once again last week, Rhonda and her students in the SOLE (Students On the Leading Edge) class partnered with GO Transit for #CommuteWithKindness. Two groups of students surprised commuters as they caught morning GO buses in Bowmanville, then rode the GO trains between Oshawa and Union Station, June 21.

Along the way, the students surprised commuters with candy, chocolates, balloons, suckers with positive messages, gift cards, drinks and plenty of smiles. Once in Toronto, they also gave personal care kits to individuals who were homeless (along with doggie treats for those with dogs), and drinks to thirsty construction workers. 

#CommuteWithKindness was the practical exam for students in the SOLE class. 

“The purpose of the course is to make a difference in our community, both locally and globally,” Rhonda explained.  “After a semester of making some amazing connections, this exam is the ultimate test as the students demonstrate how they have developed as leaders and change makers.  

“This year we have taken on a number of cool projects, including Extreme Makeover – Youth Centre Edition for our local youth centre, Relay For Life with the Canadian Cancer Society, 30 Hour Famine/food packing event with Kids Against Hunger, and much more,” she added.

Throughout the semester, students in SOLE worked closely with a variety of local community groups, agencies and elementary schools. The SOLE students became involved in fundraising and awareness campaigns, along the way learning about the importance of volunteerism, mentoring, planning, communication, teamwork and leadership – all critical employability skills.

Their enthusiasm for the course – and for random acts of kindness – was obvious during the #CommuteWithKindness. “It’s really important that we share this positive message with people,” student Zachary Sills said. “You sometimes hear or read about people who were saved by a hug or a stranger’s smile.  You never know who’s dealing with what.” 

“We want to make people’s day,” student Rebecca Martinsen explained. Fellow SOLE member Sarah Hill added, “sometimes it makes them want to do something kind, too.”  “We want to make everyone feel better, and feel like they’re worthwhile,” student Tom Wunderlich agreed.

The smiles on the faces of surprised commuters proved that the students succeeded in their goal.  “I think this is awesome,” commuter Dawn Summers declared. “We need more kindness…I think these teenagers are great!”

Other commuters’ comments on the GO bus and train were equally positive: “I picked the right bus to get on today!”  “You all are awesome!” “Yes, I got a balloon! I’m never too old for this!”  “This beats the usual commute!”

As the students made announcements on the bus and train to and from Toronto, they closed with a positive message:  “We hope you pay it forward with other acts of kindness. No act of kindness is too small – whether it’s a smile or holding a door open for someone!”

Learning about, honouring Indigenous peoples

Schools throughout KPR are continuing to expand all students’ knowledge about, and appreciation for, the history, culture, and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Canada.  Several schools joined annual Pow Wows held at North Shore PS and Roseneath Centennial PS, and others have welcomed Indigenous elders, authors and performers. Adam Scott CVI held an Indigenous Awareness Assembly that touched on current issues including missing and murdered Indigenous women and lack of clean drinking water in many Indigenous communities.  Students at many schools are using art to express what they have learned about the contributions of Indigenous peoples and The Seven Grandfather Teachings. And Dr. Ross Tilley PS students officially opened their new Spirit Garden at adjacent West Side Park. Students worked with the Municipality of Clarington, KPR, the Alderville Black Oak Savanna, Anishnaabe consultant Kim Wheatley, teachers Brenda MacNaughton and Kirsty Wise, and others to create a garden that reflected the First Nation Medicine Wheel and traditional plants.

Meeting their musical benefactors

Grafton PS students and staff had the opportunity to meet two of the four benefactors behind a $10,000 MusiCounts grant received earlier in the spring to buy instruments for the school’s new music program.  Degrassi television series producer Linda Schuyler and her husband, entertainment lawyer and TV producer Stephen Stohn (both on the right), toured the school and were treated to student performances. They then joined the whole-school “clap out” for Grade 8 students and retiring staff members.  

Cobourg Collegiate Institute students in World Scholars' Cup

Photo by Karen Longwell, Northumberland News

Having little lead time didn’t stop Cobourg CI students Aidan Woodward, Daniel Noronha and Ben Storm from success at the Toronto regional round of The World Scholars’ Cup. The students brought home 11 silver and 13 gold medals, a trophy for Ben and fifth place overall.  The win qualified the team for a global round to be held  overseas in the summer. 

Fighting Floods

Courtice SS teacher Bruce Balsdon’s students are helping the Municipality of Clarington prepare for, and react quickly to, any future flooding.  The students built six portable sandbag stands and received personal letters of thanks from Mayor Adrian Foster and Fire Chief Gord Weir.  Clarington Scout troops used the stands to fill sand bags to use in case of flooding.

Building a canoe by hand

Baltimore PS Core French teacher Scott Perrin has been working with the Grade 5/6 class to build a canoe.  They have used and learned French language skills while working on the canoe, and have tweeted about their work en français. The class is close to being done and is hoping to test the canoe on the water before the end of the year.

Enjoying the classroom

Director of Education Jennifer Leclerc enjoyed her stint teaching Kathy Woodcock’s Grade 1 class at Keith Wightman PS. Kathy won the day off in the Put Your Director to Work Day raffle, which benefited the United Way.

Using QR codes to communicate about art

Michelle Fenn’s Grade 4/5 class at Lakefield District PS combined art with technology when they presented their visual art, drama, dance and music projects to parents.  Students created messages using voice, video or animation that communicated how they were inspired to create their art. Parents then used QR readers that were placed beside the artworks to access the messages.

More awesomeness at KPR

There’s a never-ending supply of #KPRisAwesome events and projects at our elementary and secondary schools, including a year-end medieval feast at Lakefield District PS, and beautiful gardens created and maintained by Enniskillen PS’s Gardening Club. Meanwhile, many students are graduating, heading into college, starting work or apprenticeships, or continuing to complete their high school diploma thanks to the  School Within a College program championed by Fleming College and KPR’s adult and alternative education programs.  Burnham PS students had a wonderful time learning and discovering in their own yard on Camp Day, and Kawartha Heights PS students tried their hand at golf. And, of course, who can forget the year-end Ultimate Disc tournament organized at Clarington Beach by the Kawartha Pine Ridge Elementary Athletic Association?  Congratulations also go to:

  • Bowmanville HS, Clarington CIS, Courtice North PS, Dr. Emily Stowe PS & Duke of Cambridge PS, who were recognized as Healthy Schools by the Durham Region Health Department
  • Burnham PS, Dr. Emily Stowe PS and Prince of Wales PS, who all achieved provincial certification as EcoSchools
  • the Thomas A. Stewart SS smoking cessation group students and teachers Paul Found and Laura Tosky, who headed out to Warsaw PS with Peterborough Public Health to share healthy living tips
  • Kenner CVI students who have participated in The Third Side, a peer mediation program sponsored by the John Howard Society, which matches intermediate students with older high school peers to resolve disagreement and conflict respectfully and peacefully; the peer mediators had over 21 hours of training in the program, which is moving to Norwood District HS and Thomas A. Stewart SS as well
  • everyone who supported Teachers for Kids Northern Chapter’s biannual auction, helping to raise close to $22,000 to assist KPR students whose families experience financial barriers.

Mental Health First Aid

All KPR staff members are invited to enroll in Mental Health First Aid sessions being offered this summer.  The two-day course is being offered twice: July 4-5 at the Education Centre, and August 20-21 at Clarington Central SS.  The course, offered free to staff, focuses on how to support someone who is struggling with substance use, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders, self-harm or psychosis, and how to encourage them to seek help. Please register online in PD Place.

The final word...

Here’s a wonderful way to end the school year and this blog:

Grade 2 teacher Kerri Geens and principal Andrea Hunt-Schmoll received high praise from a Murray Centennial PS parent for the way they responded to a difficult and upsetting situation involving his son.  The parent emailed the Education Centre to say:

“Ms. Geens was so kind and empathetic…and took great care in how she managed the situation.  He really needed kindness and strong support at that moment and Kerry and Andrea ensured that he got it.

“We have always been thrilled with our experience at Murray Centennial including teachers and support staff but this situation is special….You may not always get a note on the good things your great people do every day so please accept our gratitude for the kindness, caring and empathy, and skill and sensitivity, for how this delicate situation was handled.”

Remember to check back often for the latest news @ KPR. Have something you'd like included in a future blog? Email it to judy_malfara@kprdsb.ca

#KPRisAwesome - June 15, 2018

ENSS student's science project taking her to Stockholm

To say that Holly Tetzlaff is an environmental ambassador is an understatement.  The East Northumberland SS student’s multi-year mission to prevent people from flushing supposedly “flushables” down the toilet is taking her to Sweden this summer, for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition.

Holly earned the single spot representing Canada in Stockholm with her science project, Now You See it Now You Don't, Flushability Is Not Magic. It also took Best in Fair at Peterborough Regional Science Fair, and bronze in the senior sciences division at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.  Holly has perfected her project since then, renaming it Disappearance ≠ Disintegration ~ The Environmental Impact of Pseudo Flushables.

Her interest in the topic began in Grade 8, when she won a gold medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.  In high school, she founded Red Fish Route (RFR), a winning Caring For our Watershed proposal, which she describes as her solution to the flushability problem. 

“RFR is an environmental awareness program which teaches elementary students…that toilets are not garbage cans,” Holly explains. “It promotes life-long, environmentally friendly flushing habits. For the last four years, I have presented to 6,800 plus students in the Lower Trent Conservation Region, on PA days, exam breaks, end of the school year, and at the Tri-County Children’s Water Festival.”

Thanks to encouragement from her teachers in Grade 12, she revisited the “flushables” problem.  

“I realized a ‘Fatberg’ - a large mass, consisting of congealed FOG (fats, oils and grease) and other flushables which do not disintegrate like toilet paper – was found clogging the sewer system in London, England, and was the size of 11 double-decker buses,” she adds. “My project looked at the expanding flushable market that is growing and includes refillable toilet bowl scrub brushes, feminine hygiene tampons, and dog feces bags.

“This problem is not getting better; it is getting worse, and it is not just a flushable wipe problem,” she asserts.  “Our infrastructure is aging and users are tasking it beyond what our sewer systems were originally designed to handle, human waste and toilet paper.  None of the 2018 products I tested, which are all marked as “Flushable,” disintegrated like toilet paper.

“Just because something disappears from your toilet bowl, does not mean it disintegrated or degraded to pass through the sewer system,” she concludes. “Remember, toilets are not garbage cans, and think twice before you flush.”

Inclusive Track & Field Day

Cobourg CI once again played host to the 2nd annual KPR Inclusive Track and Field Day this week, with students from Learning and Life Skills classes across the Board.  The inspiring day welcomed athletes from Clarington Central, East Northumberland SS, Crestwood SS, Kenner CVI, Campbellford District HS and Cobourg CI.  Comments on social media were positive:  “Thank you to all the organizers at KPRDSB, this was again a great success, the smiles on the students faces proved it.”  “Best day!”

KPREAA Elementary Track Meet

This was also the week for the annual Kawartha Pine Ridge Elementary Athletic Association Track and Field Meet. A bit of morning rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Grades 4-8 athletes, their teachers and coaches, and family members who came to cheer them on.

Physical activity for a cause

Meanwhile, students and staff across KPR participated in a variety of physical activities, both during the school day and on weekends, to raise funds for worthy causes.  They included Jump Rope for Heart, which raised money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and local Dragon Boat Festivals, in support of breast cancer services.

Learning about democracy

Students at 45 KPR schools learned about civic engagement and the democratic process firsthand by participating in Student Vote last week.  Student Vote is a parallel election program that coincides with government elections, allowing students to learn about government and the electoral process, research the parties and platforms, discuss relevant issues and cast ballots for the official election candidates.  The results? Province-wide, Ontario’s students would have elected an NDP government with 66 seats, while the PC Party would have been the Official Opposition with 45 seats.  For ridings within the KPR area, students favoured the PC and NDP candidates.  For detailed results of Student Vote, visit http://studentvote.ca/results/provincial_results/24

Indigenous arts exploration

Harold Longworth PS involved all students and staff in its Turtle Island Indigenous Arts Exploration this week. Students created a variety of projects on the theme of Truth and Reconciliation Through the Arts.  The event was inspired by Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations to build awareness and understanding of our shared heritage and the long, rich history and contemporary contributions of First Peoples in Canada. 

Education research with Trent University

Roger Neilson PS has become the first public research school in Canada, thanks to a new partnership with Trent University. The partnership will bring educators and researchers together to study how children learn, and share these best practices with all schools. Faculty from Trent’s School of Education will partner with teachers from Roger Neilson to work on projects of mutual interest. “Our work is all about leading, learning and innovating at KPR,” says Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Leclerc. “It’s one of our strategic directions…(and) is all about creating better and more improved learning experiences for all children, including those with special needs.” 

Learning about financial literacy

Junior Achievement (JA) Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka brought financial literacy learning to students, with a More Than Money presentation at Plainville PS and the Dollars with Sense program at Millbrook South Cavan PS. Thank you, JA! 

'Tis the season...

…for schools to participate in a variety of year-end activities, including field trips, fun fairs, talent nights, volunteer teas and more.  Duke of Cambridge PS staff agreed to a “pie in the face” event at their fun fair. Many schools, such as Roseneath PS, also took advantage of the nice weather to say thank you to their volunteers.

Awesome events & opportunities

  • Campbellford District HS will be the venue for presentations on Social Media & Internet Safety June 18. Grades 4-8 students will come to the school for daytime presentations, and there will be a free presentation for parents, grandparents & guardians at 6:30 p.m.  Guest speaker will be Paul Davis, social media and Internet expert. All are welcome to attend the evening presentation.
  • Dr. Ross Tilley PS in Bowmanville will officially open its Tilley Spirit Garden at Westside Park, June 21 at 2:30 p.m.  The Spirit Garden is a partnership between KPR, the Municipality of Clarington and Alderville Black Oak Savanna, through the Adopt-A-Park program.  Tilley is the first school to have taken the initiative to create a pollinator and medicine garden with the municipality. Students designed the garden with input from a landscape architect and Anishnaabe consultant Kim Wheatley.  For information, contact teachers Brenda MacNaughton or Kirsty Wise at 905-623-3841
  • Students from Bowmanville HS will once again #CommuteWithKindness on Thursday, June 21.  Students in Rhonda Story’s SOLE (Students on the Leading Edge) class will surprise commuters on the GO Bus and Train from Bowmanville to Union Station with acts of kindness. The students will leave in two groups from the GO bus stop across from the Metro store on King Street in Bowmanville, the first group leaving at 8:34 a.m. and the second at 9:08 a.m.  For further information, contact rhonda_story@kprdsb.ca

Remember to check back often for the latest news @ KPR. Have something you'd like included in a future blog? Email it to judy_malfara@kprdsb.ca


#KPRisAwesome - June 8, 2018

Trustee Cathy Abraham elected to provincial post

KPR Trustee Cathy Abraham has been elected president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. She had just concluded her second term as one of two Vice-Presidents for the provincial organization when she became the first KPR trustee ever to serve as its president. In the province-wide position, she will continue to advocate for public education on behalf of all students.  Also last weekend, KPR Trustee Angela Lloyd was elected Vice-President of the association’s Central East Region, and Trustee Jaine Klassen Jeninga was elected to the Program Working Group. 

Courtice Secondary School, Courtice North Public School partner in protecting environment

Over the past 27 years, Bruce Balsdon’s students have built hundreds of bird houses, bridges, outdoor classrooms, picnic shelters and community trails for the benefit of the environment and their community.  Most recently, his construction technology students have worked with Kim Durst’s Grade 5 class just down the road at Courtice North PS to build and install butterfly boxes and bee hotels. 

Building on long-standing partnerships Bruce has built with Ontario Power Generation and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, the Pollinating Partners project is a unique environmental and community initiative.  Its goal is to increase the number of pollinator-friendly gardens and landscapes throughout the Courtice area, to help revive the health of bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The project paired the elementary and secondary students in constructing the wooden bee hotels and butterfly boxes earlier in the spring.  The classes then worked together to install the pollinator-friendly structures in and around the Darlington Energy Complex, waterfront trail, Coutts Pond and Enniskillen Conservation Area. 

The students also worked together to help plant more than 1,100 pollinating plants at Darlington.

Along the way, the students learned about energy production and about why pollinators are so important for the continued health of our natural environment.

Bruce and his students agreed they have enjoyed the entire Pollinating Partners experience. Taking a quick break from teaching the students safe construction techniques, Grade 11 student Ahatijan Para declared, “the kids are fun.”  The project “also teaches the kids the techniques they need to get into construction,” noted fellow construction student Emma Brown.

Asked what her students thought of the project, Kim replied, “They love it! They’re engaged, and it’s a great learning opportunity.”  The hands-on learning was a practical follow-up to the Grade 5s’ studies about the importance of protecting their natural environment. The students also researched native bee and butterfly friendly plants, then put their knowledge to work by helping to plant them at OPG.

Thanks to them, the site is now a certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation.

Happy Canadian Environment Week!

In honour of World Environment Day, Canadian Environment Week and the 50th Anniversary of outdoor education at KPR, this week’s photo gallery focuses on KPR students who are learning about, and in, their natural environment in Northumberland County.

Waste Free Lunch
Class in the Forest

Super Hero Day

Now here’s a photo we couldn’t resist: wonderful things were happening on Super Hero Day at C.R. Gummow PS in Cobourg.

Super Heroes of a different sort

When Kenner CVI held its first Sarah’s Drive for Hope last week, the response was awesome.  Kenner added 81 new names to the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Registry during the event, which Kenner plans to repeat annually. Over 80 diseases and disorders can be treated with a life-saving stem cell transplant. Canada has hundreds of patients waiting for a stem cell donor match, but only 1 in 2 find a match. If you are between the ages of 17 and 35 and would like to register to be a stem cell donor, visit http://onematch.ca 

Learning about skilled trades

Grades 7-8 students from schools across KPR had a great time learning about the skilled trades at Fleming College’s Trades Camp.  At the same time, they got to try their hand at projects such as building camp chairs and making copper vases. 

Indigenous Culture Awareness

East Northumberland SS students were treated to a full day of activities to increase their awareness of, and appreciation for, the rich culture, history and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Meanwhile, Courtice SS students’ celebration of Indigenous culture included recreating works by famous Indigenous artists such as Maxine Noel. Check out information on Canada’s National Indigenous History Month in June. KPR also has a wealth of resources online.

More awesomeness

Congratulations go to:

  • Adam Scott CVI student Holden Petreman, who had his first book, Missions of Change, published
  • students and staff at Thomas A. Stewart SS (above right) and Westmount PS, for receiving Tobacco-Wise Peterborough Awards from Peterborough Public Health; both schools were recognized in the Cessation or Prevention category for outstanding programs to prevent students from starting to use tobacco products, and supporting them in quitting smoking and remaining tobacco-wise
  • Dhruv Pathak, Grade 10 student at Kenner CVI, who made it to the Canadian Geographic Challenge National Finals in Ottawa 
  • Grade 8 students at Prince of Wales PS, whose spirit and participation earned them a grand prize in Transit Quest from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough
  • Cobourg CI student Jacob Dejong, who won an iPad Mini and case from Chartwells for the input he offered on the cafeteria at his school.

Awesome events & opportunities

  • Harold Longworth Public School in Bowmanville will welcome students, families and community members to its Turtle Island Indigenous Arts Exploration, Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30-7 p.m.  Students are currently working on a variety of arts projects for the event, based on Indigenous stories, techniques, and styles.  The theme of the evening will be Truth and Reconciliation Through the Arts, as the event has been inspired by the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to build awareness and understanding of our shared heritage, and the long, rich history and contemporary contributions of First Peoples in Canada.  For further information, please contact Vice-principal Paul Hamel at 905-623-3682.
  • Clarington Central SS’s musical theatre program is staging Cabaret, June 6 - 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door ($10 for students/seniors and $15 for adults). The musical theatre program includes student cast, student pit orchestra, and student production team. For more information, contact Melissa Wotherspoon at 905-697-9857.
  • The 7th Michael Baird Golf Classic will take place July 5, with funds raised to support the Lunch Buddies program at Clarington Central SS.  The event will start with lunch at noon, followed by golf at 1 p.m.  Organizers also are seeking prize donations. For details and registration, call Michael Baird at 905-242-0419 or email mbaird@woodlanddurham.com. For information on CCSS’s Lunch Buddies program or to make a donation, contact bruce_rutherford@kprdsb.ca.
  • The First Rider program for new, young school bus riders will be back this summer.  All young children who will ride a school bus for the first time this September are invited to attend a free First Rider session with their families, August 24-25. The successful annual program is offered by Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario (STSCO) and local bus operators. It will be held Friday, August 24 from 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Clarington Central SS in Bowmanville, Northumberland Mall in Cobourg and Lansdowne Place in Peterborough. Pre-registration is not required.  Each session includes a safety video and a 10-minute ride on a school bus for children and their parents or guardians. Further information is available from STSCO at 1-800-757-0307 or www.stsco.ca.
  • Families can once again get free admission to 18 provincial attractions for up to two elementary school-aged children with the 2018 Fun Pass. For details and to download and print coupons, visit Ontario.ca/FunPass

Remember to check back often for the latest news @ KPR. Have something you'd like included in a future blog? Email it to judy_malfara@kprdsb.ca

#KPRisAwesome - June 1, 2018

Honouring Our Special Olympics Athletes

The pride and excitement were palpable when student athletes from five KPR high schools gathered at the Special Olympics Ontario School Championships in Peterborough this week.

Eager, enthusiastic athletes, coaches and volunteers joined over 1,000 of their peers from across the province at several competition venues. All KPR athletes distinguished themselves in demonstrating teamwork, dedication, perseverance and support for one another, and all deserved hearty congratulations for their efforts.  

“I’m feeling good,” said East Northumberland SS soccer player Natalie McComb. Meanwhile, teacher and coach Kim Leger could be heard in the background cheering on her team with cries of “nice job, nice job,” before later adding, “I love these kids!” 

“I love this,” agreed both Campbellford DHS basketball player Harmony Dunstan and her coach, Anne Stendzis.  “One student last night told me, ‘Mr. A., this is great, you’re a lot more fun when you’re not at school’,” coach Patrick Assinck added with a grin. “We’ve really built a connection.” 

“They are just so excited,” Crestwood teacher Karen Bird noted of her floor hockey athletes. “The Special Olympics are so meaningful…and we love to see them come together as a team.”

Crestwood Floor Hockey

Adam Scott CVI teacher and coach Kathryn Campbell said the event was her “last hurrah” before retiring. “This (event) gives them the opportunity to challenge themselves against other students. They always have a good time,” she said. “It’s also a way for them to stay active.”  Student Rory Feeley agreed the Special Olympics offered “a good opportunity” for her classmates to experience a variety of sports. “I always tell people to have fun,” she added.

Meanwhile, Kenner teacher Linda Takacs proudly encouraged her students to talk about their participation in a Special Olympics flag raising at City Hall and in the opening ceremonies.  “I was there cheering on” fellow students, noted track and field athlete Pety Keating, who humbly declined to mention her own gold medal win. 

Kudos go to the teams and individual athletes who earned awards in their divisions at the provincial championships, including:

  • Adam Scott CVI – Gold in basketball and Bronze in soccer, plus three Track & Field Medals for athlete Rory Feeley (Gold in shot put, Silver in 50 m race, Bronze in standing long jump)
  • Crestwood SS – Gold in floor hockey
  • Campbellford District HS – Gold in basketball
  • East Northumberland SS – Silver in soccer
  • Kenner CVI – Six medals for athletes Brian Davis (Gold in 50 m race, Bronze in shot put), Pety Keating (Gold in 50 m wheelchair race), Darron Victor (Silver in 50 m race), Allison Arndt (Silver in shot put) and Rosalee Parent (Silver in running long jump).

Just one look at the proud, happy faces of the athletes showed how much participation in the Special Olympics meant to them.

Remember to check back often for the latest news @ KPR. Have something you'd like included in a future blog? Email it to judy_malfara@kprdsb.ca