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Meaningful Final Task Has Captured Local Community Interest!
Cape Breton Post
Glace Bay/New Waterford,
Thursday, December 23, 2004, p. B4
"Students making a difference in community"
New Waterford - A class of French students is making a difference in the community.
Marilyn McGillivray, a Grade 8 French teacher at Breton Education Centre in New Waterford, said through a new program through the Department of Education, Grade 8 students at the school have been involved in numerous projects to assist the community.
The project, called Faisons Une Difference (A Difference in the Community), is focused on the students coming up with various community projects.
"The goal is for them to make a difference in their community."
McGillivray said there are 29 students in the Grade 8 French class.
However, the other six Grade 8 classes at the school have come on board supporting the various events.
"Every single person has gotten involved, it has been absolutely wonderful what they have all done."
So far the students have organized a number of projects including a penny drive, mitten tree and three food drives.
>From September to December, the students collected canned goods and brought them into the school. They also raised $500 through a penny drive and set up a hat and mitten tree at the school.
Wednesday, a group of the students sang Christmas carols at the Salvation Army in New Waterford, during the Christmas dinner the St. Agnes and Mount Carmel Societies of St. Vincent de Paul organized for less fortunate families.
"They volunteered their time to sing, which is nice."
McGillivray said the program will continue throughout the year with various projects.
"There will be a recycling program in the new year, students will be helping out around the school and so on. The ideas come from the students themselves."
She said what the students have done so far is really exciting.
"These are the most amazing kids I have ever seen in my life and I taught in Toronto."
Everything the students are doing through this project will be documented through a Web site and slide shows.
"This will allow access from the public, a chance for them to see what we do."
The Web site address will be announced once the site has been set up.