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Parents invited to talk about education and the future

The Surrey School District is inviting interested parents to participate in a series of forums on education over the next few weeks.

School trustees will be attending each of the forums, titled Learning in Surrey – Navigating a Preferred Future, which will be facilitated by assistant superintendents.

The purpose of the meetings is to gather ideas, share perspectives and spur discussion around education issues in Surrey, with a focus on the future.

“Our board values this opportunity to hear directly from parents and students, and for these most important stakeholders in the education system, to help shape the future of the Surrey School District,” said board chairperson Laurae McNally.

The B.C. education plan – specifically “21st century” themes of technology in classrooms, increased flexibility, and personalized learning – will serve as a launchpad for discussion at the forums.

Representative groups of four to five parents from each secondary school will participate in the regional forums. Parents who are interested in taking part should contact their school principal.

Parents will be given reading materials ahead of time.

The forum planned for south area schools is Feb. 13 at Elgin Park Secondary, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The forum for east area schools is prior to that, on Feb. 2 at Johnston Heights Secondary,  as is the one planned for north area schools, which is Feb. 6 at L.A. Matheson Secondary.

There’s also a student forum planned for Feb. 13 at the District Education Centre.

Good on ya, George Greenaway

The school community of George Greenaway Elementary collected over 900 food items for the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program in December.

Many students – including the student leadership team – participated in the Vow of Silence Day, collecting more than $250 in pledges for the Free the Children

organization. The money will go to a family in another part of the world to access clean water for their home and crops. The student leaders are also busy with other projects at the school, leading classes in daily morning exercises, leading assemblies, making daily announcements and more.

– Cloverdale Reporter

Panther power

Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary student Hillary Janssens is one of seven basketball players who took part in the 2012 Surrey Fire Fighters’ Goodwill Classic who are receiving scholarships for post secondary education. Janssens will receive a $750 scholarship.

That’s not her only notable achievement from the tournament; she was also named to the 2012 Firefighters’ Goodwill Classic Dream Team. The honour recognizes players for demonstrating skill, teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the tournament.

– Cloverdale Reporter

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