Mayors show support for school perseverance
During the monthly meeting of the elected officials of the Memphremagog MRC on February 17th, local mayors showed their support for school perseverance and encouraged young people to succeed in school.
“It’s not by chance that, in Quebec, School Perseverance Days are held in February. It is during this period, after the holidays and before the winter break, that the interest of young people to school tends to diminish,” explained the prefect of the Memphremagog MRC, Jacques Demers. “We’d like to take this opportunity to mobilize the community around this important issue and invite the population to take a moment to encourage young people and congratulate them for their efforts.”
To spread the message “School Perseverance is everyone’s business, every day!”, the members of the council of mayors initiated a ‘chain’ of white and green School Perseverance ribbons. Each person who receives a ribbon must give out twenty ribbons to people they know and, above all, encourage the young people that they know to keep trying when they have difficulties in school.
Since 2012, the Memphremagog MRC has given $31,000 towards different initiatives that favour school success, including the program Pas à pas vers la maternelle (Maison de la famille Memphrémagog), Phelps Aide Phelps Helps (Stanstead Recreation Association), Pour semer la réussite (Villa Pierrot), as well as the conference program Persévérance et confiance en soi, la route de la réussite! (Fondation Christian Vachon).
Individual municipalities have also been doing their part to encourage school perseverance. For the last four years, the town of Stanstead has given out recognition certificates during a public event to all of their young people who complete high school or receive a diploma. A Mayor’s Bursary, worth $200, is also given to one of the graduates after a drawing at the event.
The MRC would also like to highlight the contribution of the 105 employers on the territory who have been certified ‘Conciliation etudes-travail Estrie’. This program, coordinated by the Carrefour jeunesse emploi Memphgremagog, encourages school perseverance by making employers and students aware of the importance of reconciling work and studies. There are 1,400 students working in one or another of these 115 certified settings.
Research has shown that a strong collaboration between schools, the family and the community has a great effect on the school success of children and adolescents. To learn how you can make a difference, visit the website www.reussiteeducativeestrie.ca.
Mayors of the Memphremagog MRC have been giving out green and white School Perseverance ribbons to highlight the importance of their young constituents succeeding in school.