Lo­cal schools re­ceive car­ing awards

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Four schools in Con­cep­tion Bay North have been named win­ners of Safe and Car­ing Schools Spe­cial Pro­ject Awards.

They in­clude the fol­low­ing: Amal­ga­mated Academy (Bay Roberts), As­cen­sion Col­le­giate (Bay Roberts), Holy Redeemer El­e­men­tary (Spa­niard’s Bay) and St. Peter’s El­e­men­tary (Up­per Is­land Cove).

They were among the 39 schools through­out the prov­ince that have re­ceived the award for es­tab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing safe and car­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments. The award comes with a $500 crash prize.

The provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s 2011-12 Safe and Car­ing Awards pro­gram rec­og­nizes ef­forts made by stu­dents and school com­mu­ni­ties to erad­i­cate all forms of vi­o­lence, and to pro­mote re­spect­ful learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

“Ad­dress­ing vi­o­lence, ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion in schools, through our Safe and Car­ing Schools ini­tia­tive, is a ma­jor pri­or­ity for this gov­ern­ment,” said Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Clyde Jack­man.

“We know that a safe and re­spect­ful school en­vi­ron­ment can only be sus­tained when the en­tire school com­mu­nity is in­volved. Th­ese awards clearly demon­strate that schools, and stu­dents in par­tic­u­lar, rec­og­nize that every­body de­serves to feel safe and ac­cepted for who they are, and they are pro­mot­ing this mes­sage in their schools, and in their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Some 11 stu­dents from through­out the prov­ince were also awarded the Safe and Car­ing Schools Grad­u­at­ing Stu­dent Award, which in­cludes a $500 post-sec­ondary tu­ition voucher, for their ef­forts to com­bat all forms of bul­ly­ing. None of the win­ners were from this re­gion. “Stu­dents have be­come lead­ers in our col­lec­tive ef­forts to erad­i­cate bul­ly­ing,” said Jack­man. “From plan­ning and par­tic­i­pat­ing in anti-bul­ly­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, to ini­ti­at­ing and sup­port­ing gay-straight al­liances, I want to com­mend th­ese stu­dents, their teach­ers, and their school com­mu­ni­ties for help­ing create learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments where ev­ery­one is treated with re­spect.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Safe and Car­ing Schools ini­tia­tive, visit: www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/safe­and­car­ing/in dex.html.

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