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Schitt's Creek actor returns to alma mater

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Students at DVSS had the opportunity to interact with former student and professional actor Karen Robinson.

Robinson completed her Grade 12 at DCHS and went on to a long acting career on stage and screen. This includes work in the Stratford Festival and The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Most recently she is known as Ronnie Lee on the Emmy Award-winning Schitt’s Creek.

 Robinson tells The Mail, she makes it back to Drumheller a couple of times a year to visit family. She is the sister of well known Drumhellerite Marcel Robinson.

She wished to interact with the students to talk about the path she took in her life, from graduate to college student to professional actor, and how all paths are different.

“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey because I think I am here because I ended up at the Emmys and it seems like the endpoint, but in my head it is not the point, the fact that it was just another stop in this life that I strive to keep living," said Robinson.

 She jokes that the presentation was a bit out of her comfort level. While she has been on much larger stages, “but not with my own words!”

Education Minister announces new Morrin School

    Morrin School is on the list of capital projects for the Alberta government for the coming years.
    On Friday, November 1 the Minster of Education Adriana LeGrange announced a commitment for 25 school projects, including 15 new schools. Morrin was on the list.
    “We are so excited about getting a new school,” said Principal Don Yavis upon hearing the news Friday morning. “It is going to be great, especially a new gymnasium. The kids are going to be over the moon because they have been playing in this gym with the low roof.”
     The Mail reported in March of this year Prairie Land School Division (PLSD) has placed Morrin school as its top priority in its capital plan submitted to the province.
     “Our facilities director, the school board and the division had been working on Alberta Infrastructure for a while because we have had long-time issues here at the school with the old building,” he said.             “We had Alberta Infrastructure here with engineers and they figured it is a lot more feasible to build a new school than to repair the issues we are dealing with. “
    “It’s great news, it’s showing they care about us people in rural Alberta and our kids matter."
     The last major renovation to Morrin School was completed in 1989.
    Yavis said there is no timeline in place. They have Friends of Morrin School Society set up as a fundraising body, and there may be possibilities of further upgrades or opportunities to partner with the community.
    “All we have is an approval, now the work begins,” said Yavis.

Greentree students learn new skills at Club Day

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    Greentree School students are being given the opportunity to direct their education towards their interests at the school’s Club Day.
    Associate Principal Adam Pirie tells the Mail, that typical once a month the entire student body participates in Club Day.
     “All our teachers stop our curriculum teaching for the day and we have an hour where students go to various teachers and they teach a club of their interest,” said Pirie. “We basically offer everything from nail painting to dance, soccer and even coding. Our kids get really excited and the teachers get really excited.”
    The whole school participates in these sessions and the students sign up for their area of interest for half the year at a time.
“So if they are interested in coding, they can do computer coding for half a year and then they might choose something different. It is kind of neat students can develop skills in these areas, that maybe when we are focused on our more traditional school disciplines like numeracy and literacy, we just don’t have the opportunity to,” he said.
    He adds the students really get into it.  
    “There is great engagement, but it also enriches our curriculum just by allowing us to offer some things that maybe we don’t touch on when we talk about structured core curriculum,” said Pirie. “It is all about us being able to offer a great deal of options and things that kids can develop skills from.”
    Pirie says it also allows the students to apply the skills from the core curriculum.
    “We have some where students are getting together and reading or writing. It might be literacy and numeracy now, but they are doing it towards something with a purpose they are excited about.”

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