Lots ahead for Wheat­land Cross­ing School

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Many ex­cit­ing new a venues are in store for stu­dents at Wheat land Cross­ing.

From weld­ing to a new kitchen to a de­vel­op­ing agri­cul­ture pro­gram in­volv­ing a mini farm, stu­dents have am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“We have our kitchen up and run­ning, we call it the Coy­ote Kitchen and ac­tu­ally we re­ceived a grant from Alberta ed­u­ca­tion that all of our Kinder­garten to grade six stu­dents are go­ing to re­ceive a free lunch for the school year e very day,” said Prin­ci­pal Karen Smith.

A plant wall will be set up as well to carry on w ith an eco-con­scious t heme. The new mini f arm will pro­vide lead­ing tech­nol­ogy for high schools in the prov­ince.

“We’re go­ing t o tr y to in­volve all t he st udents in some a spect but we w ant to have a lit­tle mini farm by mid spr ing her e t hat st udents c an t ake ow ner­ship of,” said Smith. “We want to have some smaller live­stock here in May and June and a func­tion­ing green­house.”

A g rand op en­ing is s et for Tues­day, S eptem­ber 26 at 1:30 p.m. An yone is we l-come to visit the new site. “I think stu­dents are very com­fort­able in the build­ing and every­body is now just a stu­dent of Wheat­land Cross­ing–It doesn’ t mat­ter where you come from ,” Smith con­tin­ued.

The school is also plan­ning on open­ing its doors to the pub­lic so that the fa­cil­i­ties are con­tin­u­ously used and can build strong re­la­tion­ships with sur­round­ing vil­lages.

“For ex­am­ple, we al­ready have some dance lessons that are go­ing to be run out of here,” said Smith.

Join­ing the fac­ulty this year is Ms. O las son teach­ing grade three and Mrs. Stephanie K enly t each­ing ju­nior and se­nior high math and s cience. Mrs . Y vonne Com­stock w ill b e man­ning the newly equipped kitchen as well.

The s chool b egan cla sses in late May of this year with mi­nor c on­struc­tion t hat hap­pened over the sum­mer break.

En­roll­ment has since seen a slight in­crease in num­bers and many are en­joy­ing their fresh class­rooms.

“It’s g reat, t here’s mor e space and it’s a beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity. O ur s chool mot to is Out­stand­ing in our f Feld,” said Smith.

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