Board approves innovative projects

The Rainy River District School Board has approved nine projects to receive funding from the Innovative Projects Program for 2004/05.
The program encourages board staff and students to create and plan programs which address student needs that have not been met through existing school or board programs.
This year, five schools have had their projects approved, which will be put into motion beginning this month.
In Fort Frances, Robert Moore School will receive $17,720 for “Recipe for Success,” where students will enhance their knowledge of food, nutrition, health, and healthy eating.
A kitchen-classroom will be created in the school for junior and intermediate students to get hands-on experience with food.
The room also will be used by students for science experiments and demonstrations, special events, and a breakfast program for Robert Moore students.
The school also will receive $3,700 for “The Learning Garden,” a commemorative garden to recognize past board employees and to beautify the school grounds.
Fort Frances High School, meanwhile, will receive $7,500 for “Promoting Aboriginal Culture and Heritage.”
This project will include two performances by aboriginal artists for all Fort High students to enjoy, as well as two guest speakers to talk about opportunities for aboriginal students.
The high school also is planning an international conference with International Falls School in Minnesota, as well as activities for Native Awareness Week.
Fort High also will receive $11,500 for two advanced placement classes where students can earn first-year university credits while attending high school.
Chemistry and English Literature will be available to students beginning in September.
Students are welcome to take the courses, but not write the exams, in which case they will not receive the university credit but will be better prepared for first-year university courses.
Other schools to receive funding are Atikokan High School for the Quetico Adventure School and an anti-bullying program, Rainy River High School for “Conflict and Peer Mediation Partnership” and an anti-bullying project, and Sturgeon Creek School and the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program for “Literacy Night.”
The public board’s regular monthly meeting is slated for Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Robert Moore School.