It is so exciting to provide an update on the work that is being done by the communities of Victor Wyatt, Lavallee and Victor Mager in partnership with the Louis Riel School Division. Research tells us that the more families, parents and community members are connected to schools the better education outcomes are for children. These three communities are embracing those connections by becoming involved with:
Parent Mentorship: The Parent Mentorship Program aims to familiarize parents with the classroom and pedagogical aims while improving school- family relationships. Participants are paired with a classroom where they volunteer four mornings a week and receive instruction and workshops on Friday mornings. The group has run for two sessions now, and participants report more confidence approaching school personnel, better capacity in supporting their children's learning, and feeling more at home in the community.
Hospitality Training Program: This partnership with the Manitoba Tourism Education Council offers free training to work in the Hospitality Industry for Louis Riel Parents; with a near guarantee of securing employment for those who complete the program.
Community and Elders: We are grateful to have two respected Elders working with the division- Jules Lavallee and Reid Hartry. Both elders are increasingly offering cultural teach times that welcome members of the school and broader community to come together and learn. These efforts are in high demand and are being enthusiastically received.
Boys and Girls Club:- In its first expansion in more than a decade, Boys and Girls Club is offering a new weekend and after school program; five days a week at the René Deleurme Centre. This exciting initiative is increasing student engagement throughout the day and providing safe weekend activities and supports on non school days.
In addition to these exciting programs, The Louis Riel School Division; our established partner Morrow Avenue Daycare enthusiastically supported by Director, Bonnie Ash; the Public Schools Finance Board providing dollars for mechanical work; and both the provincial and federal governments through a conditional capital grant provided through the Canada-Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Agreement; will be collaborating to expand the early learning and child care facilities at the René Deleurme Centre in two phases. Our mutual goal is to increase child care spaces available to the community surrounding the Centre. Red River College will work with our child care and family center staff on enhancing early literacy utilizing the Abecedarian approach in programming and activities offered to the community.