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Students at Sir John A. Macdonald Public School twin with two northern Ontario schools
April 12, 2005, Belleville, Ontario—
The students of Sir John A. Macdonald Public School have embarked on an exciting project to become a “twin” for Martin Mckay Memorial School, Sachigo Lake and A. Scatch Memorial, Poplar Hill both in Northern Ontario as part of the first phase of an initiative established by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable James Bartleman.

Last week at an event held at Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Mr. Bartleman was joined by Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Doug Acton, President of the Ontario Principals’ Council, in announcing the initiative.

“This twinning program will encourage Native and non-Native students to build bridges between their communities,” said Mr. Bartleman. “I am delighted that so many Ontario schools want to get involved.”

Sir John A. Macdonald Public School is one of 85 schools from 24 public school boards across Ontario that will take part in the program aimed at promoting literacy among aboriginal youth. In the initial stages of this phase of the program Sir John A. Macdonald Grade 2 students will establish correspondence with Native pen pals.

“The students are particularly excited to learn about life in the far North and this also supports our literacy goals,” said Sir John A. Macdonald School Principal, Mrs. Wagner. “We established a connection for our school last year by participating in the Lieutenant Governor’s ‘Operation Read’ project sending books to remote Northern Ontario communities.

Sir John A. Macdonald School is a Primary/Junior School serving approximately 200 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Since 1967, Sir John A. Macdonald Public School has been serving children from the west end of Belleville.

For information contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer (613) 966-1170, ext. 2354