Advocacy

We don’t give up on kids

The following appear as an opinion piece in The Guardian on April 15, 2015.

The right education must be offered to every student

Parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff from schools across Prince Edward Island gathered in Charlottetown last week for the 62nd annual general meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation.

The meeting included the discussion of and voting on policy resolutions brought forward by local associations, the collaborative development of questions for a Leaders Debate on Education, and workshops on a variety of topics.

The common themes that tied together all of our activities were equity and communication.

"Our objective is to meet the needs of every pupil in accordance with his particular abilities, aptitudes, interests and personality"

In June of 1968, PEI Minister of Education Gordon Bennett sent a letter to Kenneth MacLean, President of the Rural Development Council, inviting his group's participation in a “Consultative Committee” on education. The mandate of the committee was broad and the approach consultative:

The Department of Education and its co-partners - the teachers, trustees and parents - have done much over the past ten years to up date and up grade the quality and content of education, in spite of insurmountable financial problems. For the first time, given an adequate budget, the Department of Education, with the assistance and cooperation of all sectors of the province will be able to develop a total plan to meet the educational needs of our time.

Learning About Nutrition in School Cafeterias

My son Oliver started grade 7 at Birchwood Intermediate School this fall and he decided that he wanted to buy his lunches in the school cafeteria. There's a daily special offered by the cafeteria each day, and the school helpfully publishes this on the school website so it's been easy for us to keep track of what he's having for lunch every day. But we didn't really know anything about the nutrition of the daily specials, and I didn't really know where to find this out.

Fortunately, the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance was able to help me: I gave them a list of the daily specials on the Birchwood menu and they forwarded this to Chartwells, the contractor that operates the Birchwood cafeteria, and Chartwells returned the nutritional breakdown for each one:

Celebrate National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week - Celebrating since 1988!

The 30th National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week (T/SAW), celebrated February 13 - 17, 2017, by the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation, and local Home and School Associations encourages all parents, students and the wider community to recognize the important contributions, both personal and professional, of teachers and school staff to the lives of children and their education.

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