Aubrey Charlton

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.”