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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2004

Motivated elementary students learn more than their ABC’s at Queen’s University
This week, 65 Grade 5 and 6 students from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board will participate in the Above and Beyond the Curriculum (ABC) Program offered by the Queen’s University Enrichment Studies Unit in Kingston.

ABC is a two-day program for motivated and talented students who are excited about learning in more depth. During the two days on November 24 and 25, students will study topics such as computers, flight, digital recording, adventures with theatre, forensic science and the art and science of sport.

“The ABC program is a remarkable opportunity for these students and will provide them with challenging, yet fun enrichment activities beyond what they would receive in a regular classroom setting,” says Suzanne Cholasta, Gifted Enrichment System Support.

Over the two days, students will explore direct extensions of the curriculum and engage in higher level learning. They will interact with new peers of like ability and interests. This opportunity will encourage students to pursue new ideas, think toward the future and become facilitators in their own learning.

Students from all the schools across our district will be involved. Another 65 students will attend in December with another 65 again in January 2005.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 54 schools serving 18,700 students, employing 1,067 teachers and 775 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For information, contact:
• Suzanne Cholasta, Gifted Enrichment System Resource Support (613) 966-1170 ext 2536