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.