School board to salute ‘author’ event

The Rainy River District School Board’s monthly Recognition of Excellence award will go to J.W. Walker School for its “Lunch with an Author” event held last May.
Each student in the school wrote a short story for the event, then parents and caregivers were invited to come and listen to their child read their story, as well as other pieces of writing they had completed.
They day also included a presentation to parents on anti-bullying, as well as a performance by students singing “Don’t Laugh at Me.”
Ed Cain’s Grade 5 class performed the story “Thank you, Mr. Falker,” which illustrates the impact of literacy on a child’s life.
“Learning to read and write doesn’t happen magically. Parents and teachers play important roles in developing young readers and writers,” the board said in its report.
“‘Lunch with an Author’ celebrated the importance of literacy to all and thus expanded each child’s world,” it added.
Also at Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting, the board will vote on a resolution to withdraw funds from reserve in order to reinvest in various student achievement initiatives.
These initiatives include aboriginal resources, high-tech classrooms, a student achievement teacher at the secondary level, an expansion of advanced placement courses, instructional resources, and professional development for principals.
The resolution calls for the withdrawal of up to $1,115,000 from the classroom reserve and up to $150,000 from the working fund reserve in order to fund these projects.
Other items on the agenda include:
•a resolution to transfer about $1 million to capital reserve;
•a resolution to approve the 2004-05 financial statements;
•an update on student success programs to improve the Grade 12 graduation rate; and
•the recognition of education centre staff in the board’s monthly REACH program.
The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Robert Moore School.