Superintendent Rice Recognizes School-Based Learning Activities 2014

Superintendent of Schools Ford Rice Thanks
Students, Staff and School Communities

Superintendent of Schools Ford Rice extended sincere thanks to all students and staff throughout the Strait Regional School Board as well as parents/guardians, school support groups and community members for their exemplary efforts, compassion and generosity. “The humanitarian spirit and selfless efforts demonstrated by schools is truly inspiring and is another indication of how our youth and schools are leaders by example,” said Mr. Rice.

School-based service learning activities form part of a broader service learning program that schools in the Strait Region undertake throughout the school year.  Service learning is learning by doing.  By integrating voluntary real-life community service with classroom learning, students are learning about compassion, caring, sharing, the importance of citizenship and many more valuable life lessons.  The experiences gained through involvement in these of activities impact students significantly and are an important part of a students’ personal, social and academic development. Read  more about
some of the many ways students in the Strait Region are making a meaningful difference in their home communities and around the world.

Congratulations and thank you to SAERC's 2014 Operation Share and Care for raising an amazing $14,100 to help local families! Read More....


Whycocomagh Education Centre Students Help Local and Global Causes

Thank you to Whycocomagh Education Centre students and staff who helped a number of families this Christmas.  The Student Council sponsored a family through Leeside Transition House.  All students and staff participated in a food drive for the local food bank.  The Grade 1/2 students made a mitten tree for donations.  School staff made gift boxes of food for 14 families.  The We Day student group held a Hat Day to raise funds to buy goats for a family in a developing country.

Some of the many food items Whycocomagh Education Centre students and staff donated to the local Food Bank.

Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School Grade 11 Fitness Leadership Class Visit the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home

The Grade 11 Fitness Leadership class at Dr. J.H. Gillis Regional High School recently enjoyed quality time with the elders of R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home.  During their visit, they enjoyed a number of activities including playing board games, cards and puzzles.  The students learned empathy and listening skills as well as enjoyed the many stories the elders shared with them. They are already planning their next visit!

Students and staff at Felix Marchand Education Centre generously supported several important causes in their local community.

Students and staff donated toys to the "Shelby Shines On" annual toy drive.  Felix Marchand Education Centre students Tori Shaw and Braydon Lee display many of the toys collected.


Students and staff donated hats and mittens for children in the area.  Felix Marchand Education Centre Brooklyn Skinner and Brady Randall are very proud of their "Merry Mitten and Hat Tree"!
Students and staff collected non-perishable items for the local Food Bank. Felix Marchand Education Centre students Gracie Bond and Joseph Poirier helped to prepare the items.

Under the leadership of the school's We Day student group, Bayview Education Centre students and staff collected items for the local Food Bank!


Congratulations to Whycocomagh Education Centre's Grade 3 students who took first place in the community's recent Festival of Trees celebration! The students crafted a Book Tree that was entirely constructed of books.  The students also decorated bookmarks to give to the community members. A very impressive and creative literacy-based initiative!