As the school year winds down, I would like to congratulate each and every one of you for the efforts you have put into making your classrooms, schools and communities secure and productive environments for your students and fellow staff members.
It may seem that this congratulatory note is a blanket statement; however, it is my experience that classroom teachers, principals and other educators, such as resource teachers and educational assistants, who are in their schools on a daily basis, are consistently committed not only to their students’ learning progress but also to the overall wellness of everyone involved in their communities.
I’d like extend congratulations to the Lighting the Fire 2015 Student Essay Contest winners, Sparrow Kennedy of Bloodvein First Nation and Tori Krista- Lynn Ross of Cross Lake First Nation. Sparrow is in Grade 9 at Miskooseepi School, and hopes to be an engineer or mechanic someday. His essay discussed how the eagle is an enduring symbol of leadership for First Nations people. Tori attends Grade 12 at Otter-Nelson River School She is interested in kinesiology and plays many sports year round. She wrote about leadership, using the eagle’s abilities and habits as metaphors for overcoming challenges in life. You can view both these students presenting their essays in our video library, https://vimeo.com/
I know many of you will soon be wrapping up school projects and activities for the summer. Final exams, field days, and camping trips are some of the events I remember as memorable, end of the year fun. (Well, maybe not all exams.)
Have a well-deserved and safe summer holiday!
Sincerely, Lorne C. Keeper, Executive Director