The Kids Are All Right

Actually getting into schools to take part, to be present, is one of the best parts of trusteeship. This past week’s board meeting was held at Exshaw School. We were treated to Fourth Grade audio-visual presentations, created by the students with computers. The teachers described a bit of their journey and collaboration in learning the technology to assist the students, and how the students had helped each other. Pride in the faces of the children at their accomplishment. Pride and affection in the faces of the teachers as they watched the kids do their thing. Very inspiring.

At the board meeting, I joked that the board should enter a team in Canmore Collegiate High School’s 24 Hours of Spin, a fundraiser for KidSport™ and  Right to Play, that was – ahem – rolling out on the weekend. The board declined. “If you want to join our team, we have some slots open,” interjected Janis Bekar, Assistant Principal of Exshaw School.

So this morning I pitched up and hopped on the team bike. I leisurely pedaled and surveyed the scene.  There were teachers on bikes, teachers volunteering. Some had brought their own very young children. There were students on bikes, in sleeping bags, chatting, snacking, watching the Harry Potter movie. There were parents bidding on the silent auction items, picking up kids, chatting with teachers. A few community members stopped in on their way to a Canmore Artists & Artisan Guild art lesson. I drank it in – how invigorating is a busy school!

This tableau caught my eye. Kids looking after kids.

It was a lovely fit for the message of Right to Play and I thought: “The kids are all right.”

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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