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100 Kids Who Care makes playschool donation

 

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Bedrock Play School received $280 on September 19 after a group of community-minded kids decided to donate to the pre-school at the first 100 Kids Who Care meeting on September 11.

The 100 Kids Who Care group brings together children to decide on a community organization to donate money to. Each kid, ages ranged from 5 to 13 year olds, brought $10 to the meeting at the Badlands Community Facility and submitted their nominations for a worthy charity. Three were randomly selected, the Royal Tyrrell Museum Cooperating Society, the St. Anthony’s Breakfast Program, and Bedrock Play School. The kids whose charity was selected got up and spoke about their charity, and the members voted for one to receive the group’s collective donation.

Paige Swain, 9,  a Grade 4 student at St. Anthony's School, nominated Bedrock Play School because she felt the time she spent there prepared her for elementary school. 

"Giving back to charity and the community was what I liked," she said.

Town of Drumheller community services coordinator Laura Dougan says the group was thrilled to make the donation and it was good to see students come together to better their community.

“It’s a great way for younger kids to learn leadership skills, research skills, and presenting skills while getting to know more about local charities. They learn how to vote and how, when they pool their money together, they can make a difference,” she says. “The girl whose charity was chosen talked about how Bedrock Play School prepared her for school and all the friends she met there.”

The group plans to meet four times a year, with the next meeting hoped to take place in a Starland County community as they are involved with the Community Building Initiative this program is funded by.

“I’m really excited we had that many kids participate and for the next event we hope to double that amount,” Dougan says.

To sign up to be a member or for more information people can contact Dougan at 403-823-1365 or via email at ldougan@dinosaurvalley.com.


Impaired driving charges laid in multivehicle collision

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The driver of a vehicle involved in a multi-vehicle collision Wednesday has been charged with impaired driving.

At around 4 p.m. on September 19 a driver of a black Ford Super Duty appeared to have lost control of their vehicle at a high rate of speed at the intersection of Highway 9 and 10 in Drumheller.

Witnesses reported the driverappeared to lose control and bounced off a curb before colliding with four other vehicles, including a school bus. There were no passengers on the school bus at the time.

One individual was transferred to hospital with minor injuries.

Drumheller RCMP Corporal Rachel Pergunas told the Mail alcohol and speed were factors in the incident and charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle have been laid. No court date has been set yet.

 

Morrin School considers hockey program

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It is back to school for students in Morrin and area and they have a great year planned.

  Principal Don Yavis tells The Mail that classes resumed on Thursday, August 30 and the school welcomes one new teacher. Rachel Jay will be teaching high school social studies, science 10 and some junior high option courses including a new drama option.

“She (Jay) is into musical theatre and drama and is going to set that up,” said Yavis.

The school will continue to run all its other option courses. It also offers daily physical education for all grades, and at the Grade 11 and 12 level, they have a double period of phys-ed for a semester. There is also the CTS Lab that offers everything from woodworking to welding. The school has access to virtually any subject.

“No matter what course any student wants to take, if we can’t offer it here as a class because there  is not the demand for it, we can  hook them up through video conferencing with other schools in our division, we can also hook them up through Alberta Distance learning, there are all kinds of options,” he said.

He says what sets Morrin school apart is its culture.

“It is a safe and caring respectful culture, we pride ourselves on the respect and responsibility we teach the kids,” said Yavis.

  “At Morrin School, students come first and they have a voice in the programs and events we do.”

Prairie Land Regional School Division also hosts a two-day leadership conference annually and all the junior high students attend. This year it is in Delia on September 27-28.

One project in the future they are looking towards is the possibility of a hockey program. The close proximity of the rink in the community lends itself well for specialization. The school also has an extensive fitness lab with all kinds of training equipment.

“We have staff members who have coached hockey in the upper levels so we are thinking it would give a little bit of ice time for kids that are interested in hockey. We would fit it in as an option and we would run the hockey part of it when the ice is in, and the other times we can do nutrition, fitness, and off-ice stuff.”

Other schools have had success in developing specialized performance programming.

  “We are not at that stage yet but we thought we might take a baby step and test the waters to see if there is a demand out there,” he said.

“This would be in the works for next year so if there are parents out there who are interested they can give us a call,” said Yavis.