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.

School board concerned about impact of provincial budget

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Board of Education is very concerned about the negative impact this provincial budget will have on our students, staff and families. Our school district has already made service-level reductions in the amount of $8M over the past two budget years, and has reduced staffing by 70 positions over and above reductions triggered by enrolment decline. The recent feedback our Board has received from education partners, parents and students has confirmed the negative impact of these deep reductions.

Haney girls connecting the dots

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Working at the Salvation Army Caring Place during the holiday season had a profound effect on a group of Leadership students at Thomas Haney Secondary, and with a little help from local businesses, they want to do more for the homeless people of Maple Ridge.

“It was kind of scary at first. We didn’t know what to expect,” said student Taylor Beare.

But she said all the seven girls in her group were moved by the people and their stories.

Everybody getting Footloose at Garibaldi

By Tim Fitzgerald, Maple Ridge News

High school is couldn’t be a more socially awkward time for teenagers. Just five short years from adulthood, their lives go threw enormous changes between the time they timidly find their lockers on that first day of secondary school to finishing Grade 12 finals and crossing the threshold into adulthood.

Along the way, teachers help guide students to make smart decisions, to think about the future, and to trust in themselves.

Global sounds explored at Pitt Meadows school

by Troy Landreville, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

A man dubbed a “world-music dynamo” gave Highland Park Elementary students a sampling of sounds from around the globe this past Thursday, Jan. 29.

Boris Sichon introduced students and staff to musical instruments that are foreign to many, culminating with an afternoon concert in front of an assembly of students and staff in the Pitt Meadows school’s gymnasium.

Texas-sized talent signs scholarship

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

In a small ceremony at the Maple Ridge secondary gymnasium on Thursday afternoon, Bobbi Berkey gathered with her family and her fastball coach, and signed to play ball on scholarship in Texas.

The talented pitcher has been hearing from U.S. schools since Grade 10, and she finally chose one – Blinn College in Brenham.

Maple Ridge students spreading holiday cheers

By Christopher Sun, Maple Ridge Times

It was the coldest day of the year, but that didn’t stop a class from Blue Mountain Elementary from spreading holiday cheer to early morning drivers recently.

Grade 6 and 7 students in Cheryl Schwarz’s class are participating in 12 days of Paying it Forward, an initiative do kind acts.

Maple Ridge teens’ poems touch on poverty, homelessness

by Troy Landreville, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

In an age of posts, blogs, and tweets, where countless musings of 140 characters or less are belched out into the ether, three Thomas Haney Secondary students are waving the flag for well written, powerful prose.

Teenaged poets Joshua Nicholas, Narisa Windover, and Erhardt Jansen Van Rensburg wowed the audience during the Dignity Breakfast held last week, benefiting The Salvation Army Caring Place.