Amherstburg Public School

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets recognized in 40th annual review

 

 

By Jolene Perron
Before the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets are sent off to summer camp, they were reviewed and recognized for their training June 14.

“The presentation today is the accumulation of the entire year of work that the cadets have put together,” explained Captain Commanding Officer of the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor regiment Army Cadet Core, Jeff Turner. “All their training and everything comes down to one night where they get to showcase their talents to their parents, their families, their friends, their commanding officer, their staff, their volunteer people, basically the community in general.”
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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a group of cadets from two different cores, sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments, are touring around the county to play for other cores.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a group of cadets from two different corps, sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments, are touring around the county to play for other corps.

Turner explained in addition to the cadets being able to showcase their talents, a handful of them are also recognized for going above and beyond. He said all of the cadets are good, however some of them take an extra step to do a little bit more and deserve to be recognized for their efforts.
The Cadets who won awards are as follows:

Best First Year Cadet
Cdt. Garant

Deputy Commanding Officer’s Award, Best Second Year Cadet
Cpl. Bisson

 

Best Junior NCO Award
M. Cpl. Howard

Major John Brown, Most Improved Cadet Award
Cpl. Matlock

Pat Thrasher Memorial Award
MWO Bezaire

Best Attendance
MWO. Bezaire

Top Marksman
M. Cpl. Stratichuk

Community Service Award
Mcpl. Howard

Roy Northrup, Best Senior NCO Award
WO Ashton

Commanding Officer’s Award
CWO Holborn

Best Overall Cadet
WO Ashton

 

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets had their annual review June 14 in the gym of Amherstburg Public School, in front of an audience of family and friends, as well as their commanding officers and corps personnel.

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets had their annual review June 14 in the gym of Amherstburg Public School, in front of an audience of family and friends, as well as their commanding officers and corps personnel.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th celebration this year, a band was on site to march with the cadets, as well as showcase some of their skills as well.

“The band was a new one tonight and that’s really cool, it’s a group of cadets from two different corps, the cores are sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments,” said Turner. “I was talking to one of the other commanding officers a couple of months back, and he said ‘we have a band, you want them to come out?’ and I said that would be awesome. It was absolutely fantastic and it adds to the night.”

Captain Richard Girard CD Ret. was also present at the reviewing June 14. He served a total of 17 years in the force, and was one of the original officers to begin the cadet corps. Turner explained they invite commanding officers back every year to see the current CO. is doing the right job and ensuring the corps is in good hands. He said “they put all the time in years ago, this is their legacy.”

For more information about the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets, contact the regiment at 519-736-4900.

Amherstburg Public School receives $70,000 literacy grant from Indigo

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Amherstburg Public School is looking to update its library and has received a giant boost from a national book-selling chain.

Amherstburg Public School received a $70,000 literacy grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, with the local elementary school being one of 30 schools nationwide to get funding under the program.

Principal Mark Campbell said Amherstburg Public School is “incredibly honored and grateful to have been selected” and added “this support could not have come at a better time.”

Campbell told the RTT Friday morning that the school applied earlier this year.

“Our library is in desperate need of an upgrade,” said Campbell.

Campbell said the school has limited resources but needs to upgrade the library due to the age of the books, the number of books they have and the fact the school now has a French Immersion program.

Amherstburg Public School received a $70,000 grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. From left: Nya Meloche, Kendra Lowe, Austin Sumner, principal Mark Campbell.

Amherstburg Public School received a $70,000 grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. From left: Nya Meloche, Kendra Lowe, Austin Sumner, principal Mark Campbell.

“Having just started our French Immersion program this school year, we want to ensure that our students have access to appropriate French materials and books that will support their learning,” said Campbell.

The school learned just over a week ago they would be getting the grant, with Campbell stating they had a positive 10-15 minute interview as part of the process.

The hope, Campbell added, is that students will not only be able to learn and obtain new books, but that the library will become “the hub of the school.” He pointed out the grant is spread over three years with equal installments paid over the three years totaling $70,000. The money can be used on anything Indigo/Chapters sells, including technology, with Campbell stating he will be asking if they can use some of the funds on furniture for the library as well.

Some funds may be used towards technology or books in classrooms, but Campbell said the bulk of the money will be used to upgrade the library.

Amherstburg Public School is affiliated with the Indigo store in Lakeshore. The school has a “wish wall” where students are putting titles they would like to see with Campbell adding a committee is being put together with the aim of making their first purchases soon.

“We want to make our first purchase at Indigo by the end of the year,” he said.

According to a press release sent out by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, Amherstburg Public School currently has 436 students who regularly use the library.

“The average age of the books in the library is 16-years-old,” said Campbell. “It’s not the oldest in the board but it’s old.”

The library is used now and also serves as a place where students can congregate during recess.

“The more things I have in there, the better it is and the more occupied they are,” said Campbell.

Campbell credited the staff and students for their involvement with the grant application, saying staff showed a real team effort to get the grant application in.

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation commits $1.5 million annually to “high-needs elementary schools across Canada in an effort to bolster literacy and give all children equal access to books.”

To date, the foundation has committed over $19.5 million dollars to over 245 high-needs elementary schools since 2004 through its literacy fund grant, and an additional $5.5 million through its other programs.

“Over the past 13 years, we have seen the positive impact of these grants in communities across Canada. They have been hugely beneficial in cultivating literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading in kids from coast-to-coast,” said Heather Reisman, chair of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in a press release.

Amherstburg Public School donates $600 to family impacted by fire

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

A few privileges for Amherstburg Public School students has led to a nice contribution to a local family that was impacted by fire.

The school presented Erik Renaud, Jessica Cockram and their children Logan and Easton Cockram-Renaud with $600 in Walmart gift cards last Tuesday morning. The proceeds were from a “Privilege Day” held the previous Wednesday at the school in which students could bring in money in exchange for the privilege of wearing a hat or pajamas.

Staff also had a “dress down” day that day as well that generated additional funds.

The events were organized by teachers Suzanne Shepley and Margaret Hawkins to assist the family that was impacted by the fire at 170 Gore St. a few weeks ago.

Both Renaud and Cockram commented about the strong support they have had from the community.

Amherstburg Public School assisted one of the families impacted by the recent fire on Gore St. by raising $600 in Walmart gift cards. From left: teachers Suzanne Shepley and Margaret Hawkins, Jessica Cockram, Erik Renaud and children Logan and Easton Cockram-Renaud and principal Mark Campell.

Amherstburg Public School assisted one of the families impacted by the recent fire on Gore St. by raising $600 in Walmart gift cards. From left: teachers Suzanne Shepley and Margaret Hawkins, Jessica Cockram, Erik Renaud and children Logan and Easton Cockram-Renaud and principal Mark Campell.

“We’ve had so much support,” said Renaud.

The family is living with Renaud’s grandparents and are searching for a new home. The family is grateful for the support and is trying to pay that support forward.

Cockram said they are very thankful to the community.

“It just shows when something happens in a small town, everyone pulls together,” said Renaud.

Amherstburg Public School principal Mark Campbell said they were happy to assist in any way they can.

“We’re just glad we could help out a little bit,” he said.

Shepley added that “our students really pulled together.”

Local schools hold test drive events in conjunction with local dealerships

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Local schools stand to benefit after test drive events run in conjunction with Amherstburg car dealerships.

General Amherst High School was the latest to have a test drive event, holding a Buick Drive for your Students event May 13 at Amherstburg GM. Greg Scott, the fitness and leadership teacher, explained that it was the third such event run in conjunction with Amherstburg GM and that this one was put on by 15 of the students in that class.

“They are implementing the skills they learned on how to run an event,” said Scott.

Abby Gorgerat, Dakota Lucier and Avery Laliberty stand with one of the vehicles that was part of the recent “Drive One 4 UR School” test drive event held at Amherstburg Public School with the aid of Joe Meloche Ford.

Abby Gorgerat, Dakota Lucier and Avery Laliberty stand with one of the vehicles that was part of the recent “Drive One 4 UR School” test drive event held at Amherstburg Public School with the aid of Joe Meloche Ford.

Those who filled out a form and took a test drive got to donate to the club or team of their choice. The goal was $10,000.

“It’s been going pretty well,” he said. “People have been coming in and taking test drives.”

Students were out trying to raise awareness, and money, at local businesses including No Frills, Movati, Canadian Tire and Sobeys with people at those businesses encouraged to come out and take a test drive.

Scott said the other 15 students in the fitness and leadership class helped sign people out for the Run for Rocky, the result of that being that General Amherst won for having the most participation of any school. Their prize will be a June 2 pizza celebration.

“Kids in the class are getting a lot of practical experience running events and experience troubleshooting at something like this,” said Scott.

Students Alexis DeCarlo and Rachel Shiells said there was a lot of work done to prepare for last Saturday’s event. They promoted it through the school and by passing out flyers around the community. They also used social media to make people aware of it.

General Amherst’s fitness and leadership class helped organize a “Drive One for your Students” test drive event at Amherstburg GM. Students pictured include Danijela Dobrich, Alexis DeCarlo, Rachel Shiells, Jake Simone, Jackie Wismer and Emily Hamelin.

General Amherst’s fitness and leadership class helped organize a “Drive One for your Students” test drive event at Amherstburg GM. Students pictured include Danijela Dobrich, Alexis DeCarlo, Rachel Shiells, Jake Simone, Jackie Wismer and Emily Hamelin.

Amherstburg Public School was hoping to raise $6,000 at a Drive One for UR School test drive fundraiser two days earlier. That was run in partnership with Joe Meloche Ford.

“This is for the entire school,” said organizer and JK/SK teacher Aubrey Charlton. “Joe Meloche Ford assisted us.”

Charlton said they sent forms home with every student and hoped they would be returned. She explained that different programs and departments around Amherstburg Public School could benefit. That would include new gym equipment, technology and other supplies.

“We’re not asking for money from families. We’re just asking them to fill out forms,” said Charlton.

Charlton added that Ford of Canada has donated $4 million to Canadian schools.

Local teacher receives Outstanding Service Award from Greater Essex County District School Board

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local high school teacher has been honoured by her school board and she is humble about the award she received.

Jaclyn Balogh, a French and civics teacher at General Amherst High School, was one of the recipients of an Outstanding Service Award and joined colleagues from across Windsor-Essex County in receiving the honour at last Tuesday’s Greater Essex County District School Board meeting.

“I was so surprised by it. I didn’t know I had been nominated for it,” said Balogh.

Balogh learned that she won one of the awards when she received a letter from director of education Erin Kelly.

“It’s been a really humbling experience,” said Balogh.

Balogh later learned it was Amherstburg Public School teacher Aubrey Charlton who nominated her for the award, with Balogh stating “it speaks volumes” for the kind of person Charlton is as well. Balogh and Charlton work together as the older students made crepes for the younger ones and also go to the elementary school to read and work with the younger students.

Jaclyn Balogh (left) is recognized as an Outstanding Service Award recipient during last Tuesday night’s Greater Essex County District School Board meeting. Also pictured are director of education Erin Kelly, board chair Kim McKinley and vice chair and Amherstburg/LaSalle trustee Ron LeClair. (Submitted photo)

Jaclyn Balogh (left) is recognized as an Outstanding Service Award recipient during last Tuesday night’s Greater Essex County District School Board meeting. Also pictured are director of education Erin Kelly, board chair Kim McKinley and vice chair and Amherstburg/LaSalle trustee Ron LeClair. (Submitted photo)

“I’ve been taking them to Amherstburg Public School to do some reading with their kids,” Balogh explained. “My older kids love it.”

Not only do her students enjoy working with the younger students, Balogh added they are getting something out of it as well.

“It’s nice to see them use French in a purposeful way,” she said. “It was a really nice experience to see that.”

Balogh has also tried to perform outreach into the community through her civics students. She cited their involvement in helping Micah Vander Vaart in collecting supplies to help the homeless last year as one of the issues they tackle.

“The kids really seem to enjoy doing it.”

Balogh remained modest after learning of the award, reiterating that “it’s been a really humbling” experience.

“I’m just doing my job,” she said. “It’s all about the students.”

Jaclyn Balogh (foreground, holding young student) brings her General Amherst French students to work with Aubrey Charlton’s class at Amherstburg Public School. Balogh was honoured last week with an Outstanding Service Award.

Jaclyn Balogh (foreground, holding young student) brings her General Amherst French students to work with Aubrey Charlton’s class at Amherstburg Public School. Balogh was honoured last week with an Outstanding Service Award. (Submitted photo)

Being nominated by Charlton has extra meaning for Balogh as well, as Balogh learned under Charlton’s mother Lynn, who was teaching at Sandwich Secondary School at the time. Balogh learned early on she wanted to be like Lynn Charlton, who was known to put the students first during her career.

“To have her daughter nominate me is extra special,” said Balogh. “This is really meaningful.”

While she is a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award, Balogh is quick to point out there are others at General Amherst who also deserve such an honour.

“General Amherst is an excellent school,” she said. “It was nice to be recognized.”