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Three Thompson school projects approved for provincial teachers’ idea program funding

Juniper School is receiving $14,090 toward its land-based learning program for kindergarten to Grade 2 students.
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Juniper School in Thompson is receiving $14,090 from the provincial government’s 2021 Teachers’ Idea Fund to support land-based learning for kindergarten to Grade 2 students.

Three projects at School District of Mystery Lake (SDML) schools are among 53 approved to receive money from the province’s 2021 Teachers’ Idea Fund, the government announced Oct. 20.

The projects in Thompson include land-based learning at Juniper School, creating a maker space at Deerwood School and providing science, technology, arts and mathematics (STEAM) kits for use by all classes at Wapanohk Community School.

Juniper is receiving $14,090 to expand and sustain its land-based learning for early years students, from kindergarten to Grade 2. Activities for different seasons are directed by elders and knowledge keepers with teachers and literacy specialists incorporating concepts and tools vital for student success.

“Land-based education is a very important part of Juniper School as it allows students to attach meaning to the world around them,” said Juniper teacher Alysa Ferguson in a  provincial government news release. “This whole-world approach, now expanded to include K-12, will allow children to learn in a holistic way through land-based opportunities. Our students have always benefited through active participation. Opportunities for oral communication, along with practical application and experiences are important to their learning and understanding. The variety of teaching and assessment strategies enriches our children by allowing them to build upon diverse knowledge, culture, communication, skills, attitudes, experiences and learning styles.”

This is the second round of projects approved for funding, and the 53 announced today will collectively receive nearly $955,000. 27 projects were approved for funding in the first round, and the total amount the government has committed to invest is now approaching $1.4 million

“It is gratifying that this program has inspired more great ideas from teachers, staff and school leaders to enhance classroom supports and improve student outcomes and well-being,” said Education Minister Cliff Cullen.

Applications for single-year projects with a total cost of less than $25,000 are accepted continuously. Applications for multi-year projects with annual costs above $25,000 and up to $150,000 are also being accepted but those that were submitted prior to Oct. 14 will receive consideration first.

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