May­ors show sup­port for school per­se­ver­ance

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

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