Entrepreneurs at Yennadon

by Michael Hall, Maple Ridge News

Beau Benedictson knows medals. He has a drawer full of them, and a head full of great memories, all in just a few years of playing minor hockey and baseball.

He wasn’t sure what to do with them all – tangled up and out of view – until his Grade 5 teacher at Yennadon elementary, Catherine McIntosh, assigned the class a project.

As part of the Maple Ridge school’s annual entrepreneurial fair, students have to develop a product along with a business plan – to produce, market and, eventually, sell.

Rebuilding history in the Red River cart

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

A Metis carver is making the rounds through high schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, building the traditional vehicle of his people, and sharing with students what he knows about both native history and woodworking.

Patrick Calihou has been at Pitt Meadows secondary, building a Red River cart, and soon he is moving on to Westview.

“We are always looking for ways to bring some cultural understanding into the schools,” said Ron Lanzarotta, the district principal of aboriginal education.

Pitt Meadows teachers promote Literacy Week

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times

Three Pitt Meadows Secondary teachers are trying to dispel the notion that reading is not fun with their second annual Literacy Week school event scheduled for April 18 to 22.

The theme of the week is “Read the Word, Read the World,” which includes various forms of literacy, from environmental to digital and physical, to educational. More than a dozen literacy events and activities are planned to engage students, bring up their comprehension skills, and hopefully allow for some fun, as well.

Making music in Maple Ridge

By Ashley Wadhwani, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times

The KC Kids Choir will be singing, alongside Rick Scott, an award winning musician and performer and Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation on March 23, at The ACT Theatre.

The group has been practicing all term, said Kanaka Creek Elementary school teacher and choir director Dawn Flanagan, and will be singing 15 songs with the singer.

Ridge schools host B.C. skills competitions

by Maple Ridge News

Students in Maple Ridge showcase their talents in skilled trades and technologies in one of 13 regional Skills Canada British Columbia competition being held in communities across the province.

Maple Ridge MLAs Marc Dalton and Doug Bing attended a SkillsBC regional competition hosted at Westview secondary on Feb. 26, when they watched students compete in a variety of skills competitions.

Samuel Robertson Secondary will be hosting a SkillsBC regional competition on Saturday, March 5.

Student voices heard at Maple Ridge education forum

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Kids brought some good ideas to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district student forum, including what a proposed new school in Albion should look like.

Joint Community Consultation for the Potential New Albion School and Community Centre Begins on February 10


Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows School District and the City of Maple Ridge will kick off a joint community consultation with a public workshop on Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Albion Elementary. This workshop will explore ideas for a potential new school housing a neighbourhood learning centre and a potential community centre for the fast growing Albion neighbourhood of Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge Launches “Strong Kids Team”

The Maple Ridge Resilience Initiative Strong Kids Team was formed to ensure that children and youth in our community have the best environment to grow up and thrive in. The team is inviting the community to participate in two surveys that will provide the foundation for a community forum to take place in the spring of 2016.

Project HELLO Christmas cards connect lonely Vancouver residents with lost loved ones

CBC News

The Christmas season is often about spending time with family and loved ones, but that can be a difficult task for some residents of Vancouver's impoverished Downtown Eastside.

"I'm missing home. I haven't, in two years, spent Christmas with anybody," says Janet Brown. "I've been by myself. It's very lonely."

But thanks to Kristi Blakeway, principal of Harry Hooge Elementary in Maple Ridge, B.C., Brown now hopes to connect with her family with a Christmas card.

Eric Langton meal program gets boost from Maple Ridge Community Foundation Grant

Eric Langton Elementary has received a generous $2,750 grant from the Maple Ridge Community Foundation to support the school’s meal program.

The program feeds hungry children a nutritious breakfast and lunch, and also provides access to recess snacks as needed.