Elementary summer school popular in Maple Ridge

By Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

The little boy was weeping openly as his mom signed him up for the inaugural season of summer elementary school in Maple Ridge.

Kim Bondi, the school district administrator who is responsible for getting the program off the ground, and indirectly for the little guy’s perceived misfortune, consoled him.

But it won’t be all about worksheets and tests, Bondi told him. He described the “learning camp” style that local educators intend.

Two possible child luring incidents

By Maple Ridge News

In the last few days, two men have called out to two different children in Maple Ridge, leading police to ask the men to call them and explain their actions.

Last Friday, June 12, at about 4:30 p.m., an 11-year-old boy was on Cook Avenue, just west of Laity Street, when a man in a green car called out to him. The boy reacted by running straight home and the man drove away.

Suspicious Person Alert

May 21, 2015
File# 2015-11769

Ridge Meadows RCMP are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 on Ritchie Avenue near 228th Street, directly behind the McDonald’s restaurant on the corner of Lougheed and 228th Street.

Agreement signed during ceremony on Katzie First Nation reserve Thursday

 By Eric Zimmer

An important, historic, and “happy” event took place Thursday inside the Swan-e-set Longhouse on the Katzie First Nation reserve.

It was where the fourth Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement between School District 42 and the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee was signed.

Maple Ridge intergenerational garden given infusion of cash

by Roxanne Hooper, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

Maple Ridge's interngenerational garden will keep growing, in large part thanks to a cash infusion of $10,000 from the provincial government.

The announcement was made Friday, at the garden, with Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing presenting the cheque on behalf of the B.C. ministry of community, sports, and cultural development.

Take a Bite of B.C. program farms students' creativity when it comes to local food

By Jennifer Saltman, The Province

Sarah Moriarity is the kind of student who doesn’t like to sit behind a desk at school day after day.

“I can’t sit still. I have to be doing something with my hands,” the pink-haired 12th grader said one morning last week.

Moments earlier, under the watchful eye of chef-instructor Trevor Randle, Moriarity and her classmates used large, sharp knives to break down two whole salmon into filets that became lunch for students and teachers at Maple Ridge Secondary School.

Maple Ridge's SRT gold medalists showcase their skills

By Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

Students from host Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School dominated the Skills Canada Middle Lower Mainland Regionals this past Saturday.

The gold medal winners will go on to represent their schools at the Skills Canada Competition Provincial Level at the Tradex in Abbotsford on April 15.

Young CEOs raise cash for Maple Ridge school playground

By Cole Wagner, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times

Today’s CEOs and business leaders are getting younger and younger – and the founders of “CCL,” a brand-new Maple Ridge start-up, are no exception.

Camryn Bishop, Caleb McCreedy and Logan Scott are the first and second graders behind CCL, a “company” which specializes in the sale of crafts, cookies, and lemonade. The acronym comes from both the names of the founders, and the products they sell.

Albion club growing leaders in fundraising

By Troy Landreville, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

Students with Albion Elementary’s Grade 6 and 7 leadership club are making a positive difference, both locally and around the globe.

Under the guidance of teacher Barry Henderson, the 40-member club has been working tirelessly on fundraising activities that are having a positive impact on those outside of the school’s walls.

At an early Monday morning assembly, the club handed out cheques to the Friends In Need Food Bank and Albion’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

Trades programs fast track Maple Ridge high school students to success

 By Cole Wagner, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

Randy Uttaro maintains a focused look on his face while the trowel in his hands works through a repetitive series of motions – swipe, slap, scoop, repeat. His hands move tentatively at first, but as he starts to get comfortable, mud slides off the trowel and onto a brick quicker and quicker.