Strait Regional Heritage Fair 2016: Showcasing History and Culture

It's that time of year again for young historians in the Strait Region to attend the Strait Regional Heritage Fair. During the past several months, Grades 4 to 9 students presented their projects at local school fairs. Those students selected to participate in the 18th annual Strait Regional Heritage Fair are now busy putting the final touches to their projects. The Fair is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Mulgrave Memorial Education Centre. The awards ceremony will be held at 2:45 p.m. and the public is invited to view projects beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Approximately 90 students will present 90 projects at this year's event. Eight (8) projects will continue on to the Provincial Fair to be held in Halifax on June 2 and 3, 2016. In addition to monetary prizes by grade level, a $425 scholarship will be presented to each of the top two student projects.

Strait Regional Heritage Fair Planning Committee Coordinator Kathy Rhodes explains that the Fair is designed to encourage youth to explore local and Canadian culture and heritage. "Participation in the Heritage Fair provides students with an excellent educational opportunity, one in which they enhance their research, writing, presentation and public speaking skills. It also provides them with a sense of accomplishment while learning more about their heritage and culture," says Ms. Rhodes. The Strait Regional School Board continues to receive outstanding participation and support from students, staff, parents/guardians and members of our school communities. The Strait Regional Heritage Fair Committee would like to thank the students for their ongoing dedication to participating in the event, the teachers for their exceptional efforts in helping students develop top-quality projects, and the parents/guardians for supporting their children as they prepare their projects.

The projects will be judged on strong historical/heritage component, written documentation to prove historical research, presentation, creativity and quality. There are four project aims. They are: to encourage all Canadians to celebrate their part in Canada’s history, to heighten awareness of our Canadian heritage, to create an exciting learning environment for students and to promote and publicize the variety and uniqueness of our Canadian heritage. All students will receive participation certificates and first and second place prizes at each grade level will be awarded. In addition, awards will be presented in the following project categories of African Canadian, Acadian, Literacy, Aboriginal, Veterans, Gaelic Language and a Student Choice Award.

The Strait Regional School Board would like to thank Heritage Fair Committee members, Kathy Rhodes, Annamarie Talbot, Cathy Cotton and Mary Ellen Carter for their outstanding leadership and dedication to providing students with an excellent educational opportunity. The Heritage Fair is truly a national event that inspires lasting memories, new friendships and experiences that will strengthen students’ connections to the history of Canada.