Boreale parents step up

From left, Landon Bowker, Andréane Gagnon, Reegan Jungkind, and Kathryn Beck show off their creation at Ecole Boreale's first day back to school on Aug. 30. The goal of the team-building game is to build a package to protect an egg that will subsequently be thrown from the top of a ladder onto asphalt.  Photo by Sarah Ladik NNSL

From left, Landon Bowker, Andréane Gagnon, Reegan Jungkind, and Kathryn Beck show off their creation at Ecole Boreale’s first day back to school on Aug. 30. The goal of the team-building game is to build a package to protect an egg that will subsequently be thrown from the top of a ladder onto asphalt.
Photo by Sarah Ladik
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Parents with students at Ecole Boreale are organizing and asking for help.

Although activities have been paused until after everyone returns from spring break, the school’s Parent Action Committee has its sights set on new sports uniforms and more books for the library, vice-chairwoman Lori Coombs told The Hub last week.

“We’re looking for parents to help with fundraising,” she said. “Right before Christmas, we had a silent auction that went really well and we were able to buy some books for the library, but there’s always room for more.”

Specifically, Coombs said that new sports uniforms for younger students were a priority for the group, as while the old ones may be suitable for the high school students, smaller children find themselves swimming in the pinnies.

“We think it will boost morale and help the kids feel like they’re part of a team when they go travel for games and events,” she said.

Coombs said the committee had been active several years ago but had then stopped for a few. It has now been revived with Kim Wilkins at the helm as chairwoman.

Ecole Boreale’s principal, Stephane Millette, said an active and effective committee is a huge boon to the school as it frees up staff to do what they are trained to do, namely teach children.

“The way I see it … schools are a community in themselves as much as they are a part of the larger community,” he said. “Our parent action committee is having a great impact because they help bring together the different members of our school community, but they also reach out to other partners and organizations in the larger community of Hay River.”

Coombs said there were no definite plans yet for the next big fundraising drive, but that the committee would be meeting when spring break ends to decide how to move forward.

“We’ve been mulling around some ideas,” she said. “But we haven’t made any decisions or announcements yet.”

Whatever the next step, Millette said he is grateful for whatever help parents can give.

“A community best functions when everyone does their part and works together,” he said. “Our parent action committee and Ecole Boreale parents in general help their kids and school staff to do what is needed to get these kids ready for life.”

-Sarah Ladik