Distict schools to be lauded for programs

Sturgeon Creek School and the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program both will be recognized for their innovative educational projects to increase students’ social awareness during tonight’s regular meeting of the Rainy River District School Board.
The Grade 3/4 class at Sturgeon Creek School is participating in the “Roots of Empathy” program this year.
The program involves a monthly visit by an infant and parent from the local community for one school year. The students can observe the baby’s development, interact with the infant, and learn about its needs and temperament.
“In the short-term, the program focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression,” the board’s report reads.
The long-term focus is “to build the parenting capacity of the next generation of parents.”
The program was created in 1996 and has spread to elementary schools across Canada. Other schools in the district also participate in “Roots of Empathy.”
Meanwhile, SCAP will be recognized for its “Empty Bowls” project, whose goal is to raise awareness of local and world hunger.
“With the help of a local potter, Marke Henteleff, students created bowls from potter’s clay and, in the process, learned not only about clay but about hunger,” the board report reads.
The handcrafted bowls will be sold this Thursday (April 6), with a meal of soup and bread, to support local hunger agencies.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the public board will report on school projects for the upcoming year that will receive special funding as innovative projects.
J.W. Walker School in Fort Frances will receive $8,000 to support four initiatives, including a peer mediation program, a math program, and a project to encourage reading among boys.
Fort Frances High School also will receive $8,000 to develop peer mentoring and peer mediation programs.
Also on the agenda tonight, the board will:
•vote on whether to designate the west end of the district a “low population area” in its trustee determination; and
•recognize the work of its Information Technology department in its monthly REACH program.
The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at Robert Moore School here.