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Badminton, Board Buck Passing, and more…

Spring is finally here, along with the school news! While the plants and crops are not growing yet, there has been excellent personal growth displayed by the students.

On Tuesday April 16th, Mr. Jay Slemp came to the school to talk to Altario students about the history of Special Areas, plus current projects under way. These include bringing reliable water supplies to residents, retaining current residents, and attracting new ones with programs like Return to Rural.

Thursday April 18 we had subs from Subway for our lunch program. Thank you to the parents for organizing this! They were SO good!

Congratulations to Shanelle Evans and Carissa Schuetzle for progressing to district badminton playoffs in Wainwright on Friday the 19th where Shanelle took third place and Carissa placed fourth. Mr. Kukurudza, our principal, says “job well done!” Mr. K. also wants to send a big thanks out to parents and staff volunteers who drove kids all over the place.

We have more congratulations going to Bryson Evans, Logan Galloway, and Brady Koch who placed first, second, and third respectively in singles badminton in Consort on Monday April 22nd. All of our athletes played well and the competition was super tough this year so everyone can be proud of their amazing efforts.

Thank to PLRD’s board for taking time from their busy schedules to visit Altario School. Mr. Cam McKeage, the deputy superintendent, also came along. The board members explained where the money to run PLRD comes from and took questions from students. We asked if they could hire Miss Jalisa Kelts for next year (who is AWESOME!), but they passed the buck to Mr. K.

Miss Kelts finished her practicum on Thursday and got a send-off from the entire school at the end of the day in the gym. The grade 1-3 class did a dance they had been practicing, which was really cute. The other teachers gave Ms. Kelts a “Teacher Survival Kit”. We are all sad to see her go and hope Mr. K. Wins the lottery so our school can get her back.

Thursday the Jr. and Sr. High students had their 24 hour famine. 12 kids stayed overnight in the school with two teachers. Special thanks to Mr. Cunningham and Miss Berg for being brave enough to spend the night with twelve starving teenagers. Thanks to Mrs. McCormick for organizing fun activities, helping supervise that evening, and also to Mrs. Terri Forrester for volunteering that night.

Breakfast was served at 7:30 the following morning and disappeared quickly! Thanks again to Mrs. Forrester for tonnes of fruit and Tanner MacGregor for all of the eggs. The students were able to gather some non-perishable food donations for the Consort Food Bank. Hopefully everyone came away with a better understanding of hunger in the world today.

I will have more on the famine – and some pictures – in our next school update.

Well, that’s it for this week, but don’t worry, I’ll be back soon. This is Ashlyn McCormick signing off for another couple of weeks.

(Published in the May 1st, 2013 edition of the Consort Enterprise.)

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