Deseronto Public School students were inspired to dream an Olympic dream when Brian Price visited the school on Friday, February 12, 2010.
Price, a Belleville, Ontario native, competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics and won gold with the Men’s Eight rowing team. He spoke with students and staff about his Olympic story. The message was that dreams are achievable, even for someone from a small town like him. Determination, teamwork, perseverance, practice and being healthy/active were specific themes he touched on.
Students were thrilled to meet Price and also see and touch his 2008 Olympic Gold Medal. The presentation was followed by a school-wide non-fiction writing task that asked students to share the messages that were learned. The event was also the first of a number of Olympic activities that the school will be doing over the next few weeks.
For the Deseronto Public School community this was an opportunity to enhance the school character education focus and also to celebrate the Canadian Olympic spirit that began the same day.
Deseronto Public School is located 37 km east of Belleville in the community of Deseronto. The school was built in 1956 to replace an older building dating back to 1870. The student body of 170 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 is from the local community. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2007.A large playground with abundant equipment, a gymnasium complete with phantom sound, a computer lab and a library with a SMART Board enrich the school to support student success and continuous improvement for all. The school council funding support for the school library and a community partnership with the public library ensures the availability of resources and provides positive support for the students of Deseronto Public School.
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Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354.