Amherstburg Public School

General Amherst bringing “Run for Rocky” to Amherstburg



By Ron Giofu


The “Run for Rocky,” a fundraising event for local high school Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA’s), is coming to Amherstburg.

After five years of the event being in Windsor, where April 9 is Run for Rocky Day, General Amherst High School is hosting their own event April 26. Teacher Greg Scott, whose fitness and recreation leadership class is helping to organize the event, said the Campana family’s five-year commitment to run the event is over but they hope it will continue in school communities. The event is in memory of Rocky Campana.

“Their thought was that individual schools would do something on their own,” said Scott. “We decided to keep the run going and give it a try at our school.”

Linden Crain, student parliament prime minister, said it will involve not only General Amherst students, but students from Amherstburg Public School as well. The general public is also invited to drop by the school and donate or show up the day of the event and take part.

“It’s a minimum $5 pledge,” said Crain. “Any other donations are greatly appreciated.”

Rocky’s father Rob Campana is expected to attend the April 26 event. Rocky’s uncle Dan is a teacher at General Amherst High School.

Proceeds will go towards a project fund with GSA’s from any school able to tap into that fund to help pay for guest speakers, library materials and other projects. Trevor Klundert, a guidance counsellor at General Amherst and the GSA staff liaison, said the next national GSA conference will be in New Brunswick and funds could be used to help pay for travel to that event.

“Even though it’s taking place in Amherstburg, it helps other schools too,” Crain said of the local Run for Rocky.

Student parliament prime minister Linden Crain and Karlie Simon, a member of General Amherst’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) stand near a poster promoting the GSA and the Run for Rocky. General Amherst High School is teaming with Amherstburg Public School to hold a Run for Rocky 5K event April 26.

Karlie Simon, one of the five Grade 9 students in the General Amherst GSA, said the event will also showcase what GSA’s can do and promote what they are and how they help. She said people don’t have to be from the LGBTQ community to help out. Klundert added that the April 26 event will also show students who may not have come out yet that other students “have their back” and will make it more comfortable to let them be who they want to be at school.

The 5K run/walk will start next to the high school and proceed to Toddy Jones Park. It will then go down Dalhousie St. to Front Road South (near the Blue Haven Motel) before coming back. There will be food and music at the start/finish area.

“We’re keeping things to the sidewalks,” explained Scott, adding they don’t plan on asking for any road closures.

The event will run from 12:30-2 p.m. April 26.

According to the Run for Rocky website (, “Run for Rocky was a charity run/walk that took place in Windsor, Ontario for five years which was inspired by Rocky Campana who passed away in 2012 after attempting to take his own life. The Campana Family, along with the Windsor Pride Community, Education and Resource Centre, wanted to share Rocky’s story. Through their collaboration, they have been able to fund GSAs in the local high school and post-secondary school systems, ensuring that parents, educators and youth have the knowledge and funding needed to help create Safe Schools, and creating a support system for youth in times of crisis. Rocky paved the path to make a difference while living, and the Run for Rocky Legacy Fund will continue to make a significant difference in his absence for years to come.”

General Amherst student council throws Christmas party for Amherstburg Public


By Jolene Perron


General Amherst student council invited kindergarten classes from Amherstburg Public elementary school to their cafeteria where they set up a number of crafts and games for the children to partake in.

Both English and French classes came out and divided into groups, rotating through stations of cookie decorating, coloring, creating their own reindeer, singing Christmas carols and more.

Amherstburg Public School JK students and General Amherst students gathered for a Christmas party in the Amherst cafeteria last Friday morning.

“It’s kind of an annual thing we do every year and it demonstrates what Amherst has to offer at a younger age so they’re able to come here and kind of see the spirit we have and how welcoming we are,” said 2017-18 prime minister Linden Crain. “It’s great, I love all of them, they’re defiantly easy to get along with and they’re always entertained.”

Amherstburg Public School shows support for student battling cancer



By Jolene Perron


Amherstburg Public School used their annual “Toonie for Terry Fox” event to help teach their students about awareness and to encourage them to support one of their own.

“On June 25, he had to go to the hospital because I noticed some swelling,” explained Natalie Brundage Hasson, mother of Brock Hasson, a Grade 3 student at Amherstburg Public School. “They did an ultrasound and he had a mass, and they removed it. Then we found out July 4 he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma so he started chemo in August and he has to do a three-month plan and then he is going to have surgery again because some of the margins around the tumour came back positive. Then he will be doing another three rounds of chemo again and we will go from there.”

Sarcomas are cancers that develop from connective tissues in the body, such as muscles, fat, bones, the linings of joints, or blood vessels. While there are many types of sarcomas, Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles.

During his treatment, Brundage Hasson said they were going to try to have Brock go to school for half days, but he keeps getting neutropenic, which is an abnormally low level of neutrophils, which are a common type of white blood cell important to fighting off infections, particularly those caused by bacteria.

Brock Hasson stands with his mother Natalie Brundage Hasson (right) and grandparents Bill Brundage (left) and Brenda Brundage during the warmup for Amherstburg Public School’s “Toonie for Terry” event in memory of Terry Fox. The students wore blue, Brock’s favorite colour and Little Hands T-shirt colour, to show their support for his battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma.

“His special education teacher Laura gave me a lot of stuff to have him do at home, just because we’re all a little nervous,” explained Brundage Hasson. “They encourage him to have a normal life and still go to school but he keeps getting neutropenic, he was admitted just last week because of it, he had a fever and he had to be on antibiotics, so what do you do?”

When Brock did spend half a day with his classmates, his special education teacher Laura Braithwaite said they all wore masks for support, watched the Magic School Bus and talked about protecting themselves from sickness and why it’s so important for Brock during this time. Braithwaite sends schoolwork home for his mom to do with him when he feels up to it.

“I think it is important to know you are not alone and that people care and are there to help,” explained Braithwaite. “It is also important for them to know for self-awareness. Cancer can impact anyone at any age.”

During the elementary school’s recent Terry Fox Walk, the school encouraged their students and staff to wear blue in support for Brock, which is his Little Hands T-shirt colour. Currently, Brock is part of the Little Hands initiative, which a community-lead organization with the goal to assist children with life-threatening illnesses. All of the proceeds from Brock’s personalized shirts go directly to his family.

“When this happens, you don’t realize, there’s so many strangers and such that I don’t even know who have been there,” said Brundage Hasson. “When people say cancer changes things, it really does. He deserves this; he’s one of a kind, my little man. I just want to thank everybody. It is just so surprising to have all of these people I do and don’t know who are all right here to help. It’s just so overwhelming. There are so many people pulling for him.”

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.”

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.