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Education News – School Presentations

by Ruth Nicholson UE

In Pat Blackburn’s annual report she tells us that 1,010 grade three students and 592 grade seven students received our Loyalist presentations in 2012. That amounted to twenty-eight grade three classes and ten grade seven classes served. The education committee is to be congratulated on this great on-going effort to get our Loyalist message out to the young people in our area.

Through Pat’s unwavering goal of reaching out to as many students as possible, she has made some great connections to administrators that have helped us to move forward. We were even invited to be a part of the Hamilton Wentworth Board’s Historica Fair.

Looking at the spreadsheet for January and February, I see that six grade three classes received presentations and two grade seven classes. That’s more presentations than most Branches give in a year.

Our artifacts now take up four large tables. All the teachers are overwhelmed at the visual aspect of what is brought into the schools. Pat has worked at making the transfer of materials as easy as possible through the usage of three trolley carts, a large portfolio for pictures and furs and a few good quality carrying bags. It takes at least fifteen minutes to just transfer all these items into the school and then time is needed to arrange tables and set up the display. It sounds like a big job but after doing it a couple of times it becomes fairly easy.

With this program growing in leaps and bounds we do need more people to take on some of these presentations and even the organization of the timing. Please let Pat know if you can support this very worthwhile program. uepat624@cogeco.ca

Close-up of Artifacts at a School Presentation

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