Parents and students showed their appreciation during the last week of April for the dedication, commitment and hard work of the staff of Prince of Wales school (POW). A big round of applause to the more than 30 people at POW who contribute to the top-quality education delivered to the students each day at school. POW parents appreciate the teachers and support staff every day, but dedicate a week each year to make the staff feel special with games, lots of food, and other tributes.
The generosity and empathy of POW students shone in April and May with the grade two students taking the lead in a fundraising effort to support the community of Kugaaruk, Nunavut. The grade two students were learning about communities across Canada. As they explored ways of life in the Arctic, they were sad to learn that a fire had devastated the community school in Kugaaruk. Not just a center for education, the Kugaaruk school served as the community center. It included an arena, breakfast and lunch program, and space for special events. After exploring how to best support this community, the grade two POW students developed a noon-hour intramural indoor hockey program with participation from other grades based on donations. Fundraisings efforts resulted in an amazing $750.
The POW team has continued its preparations for the families from Legacy who will join the POW community in September. In April, Legacy families were invited to an evening open house, and in May, students were able to visit POW during the school day and get to know the classrooms and teachers.
As summer approaches, so too is the end of the school year. Students and teachers will spend June wrapping up their lessons and some lucky students will have the opportunity to experience outdoor field trips.