Colony kids walk for health

Colony students are walking across Canada in a wellness project started by Silver Spring Colony School teacher, Lori Zitaruk.

Superintendent Peter Barron explained the physical/virtual project to trustees at Clearview School Board meeting on May 5.

According to Zitaruk, the students and staff physically walk each day at their respective colonies. The distance each person has walked is entered into an app called ‘World Walking’.

The total then shows how far across Canada the group has progressed. The app uses Google Maps and even provides a street view of each new location.  So far, the students have walked 1,119km. Their goal is 8,871km where they will arrive Newfoundland.

Visit from mobile classroom
Students at Brownfield and Botha schools will get a chance to learn computer coding when the Code Mobile visits the schools at the beginning of the 2016/17 school year.

The Code Mobile, an initiative of Ladies Learning Code, is a travelling computer lab that teaches students about program coding. The target audience is generally children and women and the goal is to get individuals to not only use but also build technology.

According to their website, Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization started with crowd funding. To date, they have held over 600 workshops with over 24,000 learners across Canada

Finalizing budget details
Trustees worked out the final details of the 2016/17 budget, which the board will finalize at the next meeting.  Boards have until June to approve their budgets.

Some of the main tweaks were: hiring a full time coordinator focused on early learning which replaces a current position of an employee set to retire, busing rates for field trips will be cut in half for schools, automatic external defibrillators to be placed in all schools, and continued technology upgrades and remodeling.

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