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École Varennes Featured in Winnipeg Free Press

École Varennes has recently been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, highlighting citizenship in the Division! For a sample of the article, read below. Visit the Winnipeg Free Press to read the full article. 

Starting young

Students getting an 'A' in helping the environment

By: Dave Baxter

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For Debbie Duncan, being an elementary school teacher is not only about creating good students, but also about creating good citizens.

And, as another school year gets underway, a big part of that goal includes showing her students all the things they can do to be kind to the environment.

Mary Melnychuk with the Green Action Centre speaks to thousands of students every year about how to be more environmentally friendly.

"As teachers, we would love to raise a generation of kids that are socially conscious, and one of the ways we can do that is to show them all those things they can do to be good to the environment," said Duncan, a grade 5/6 teacher at École Varennes, part of the Louis Riel School Division.

"I just want to do my part to teach the students, in the hopes that they become green citizens."

While Duncan is busy every school year teaching traditional subjects such as math and science, she also makes a point to show her students simple ways to be kind to the environment, including recycling, composting and reducing waste.

Read the rest of the article here. Thank you to Debbie Duncan for the great work in her classroom and the Free Press for sharing just one example of how students are engaging in active citizenship in LRSD!

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