Delia School Enhancement Society passes major milestone

The Delia School Enhancement Society (DSES) fundraising campaign has surpassed the $1 million dollar mark.

The $1.2 million “Make Your Mark” campaign to build a community hub as part of the new Delia School project crossed this amazing milestone in just under 10 weeks.

Sharing the news at the Prairie Land Regional Division Oct. 16 board meeting, Trustee Shandele Battle, who represents Ward 4, Subdivision 2 (Delia), presented trustees with a showing of the DSES YouTube video celebrating the milestone.

Incredibly, over $485,000 has been contributed by local families, small businesses and community groups.

Municipal partners including the Village of Delia, Starland County, Special Areas Board and Prairie Land Regional School Division have contributed $450,000 toward the project while local corporations including Cervus Equipment/ John Deere Hanna have added an additional $75,000.

Fundraising will continue with the “Legacy Builders” phase of the campaign, with all funds raised above the initial $1.2 million goal to go towards equipping Delia’s new facility. Project-based learning Vice-Principal of Prairieland’s J.C. Charyk School, Corry Raugust brought three of his junior high students to speak with the board of trustees about a new project-based learning (PBL) venture.

These students are proposing to begin a food truck business within the PBL model, hoping to service local events such as the rodeo, track and field and football games.

The project will be a real business opportunity for the future, with students involved in all aspects of business development from original concept, research and planning to licensing, promotion and financial accountability.

The students hoped the board would support their venture by helping them to acquire a bus to convert to a functioning food truck.

Project-based learning is an approach to education designed to enhance student learning by building real-world skills and competencies, where the role of the teacher shifts from knowledge dispenser to facilitator of learning.

According to Raugust, PBL projects include diverse proposals such as a radio station, robot design, cheerleading, school newspapers, drama groups, game building, a community mini golf course, intramural sports programs and even lawnmower racing, essentially contained within a mechanics project.

“I would like to see PBL as part of the way we teach and get students to think about education in a different way,” Raugust said.

Superintendent Cam McKeage revealed that most schools within the Prairie Land division are engaged in some sort of project-based learning.

PBL opens up avenues of exploration that require creative thinking and problem-solving “engaging students in real-world problems and real-world applications,” McKeage added.

Board response to the food truck proposal was positive, with trustees agreeing to investigate how to support the students’ vehicle acquisition.

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