‘The per­fect pro­ject for me’

Her­itage fair re­turns to KCA with over 100 projects


More than 100 stu­dents at KCA school in Kentville re­cently par­tic­i­pated in a her­itage fair to cel­e­brate Canada’s cul­ture and his­tory.

Projects, com­pleted in ei­ther French or English, told sto­ries rang­ing from the Hal­i­fax ex­plo­sion to Sable Is­land horses to the evo­lu­tion of trans­porta­tion. Sev­eral stu­dents shared the per­sonal sto­ries of their an­ces­tors, many of whom they had a chance to in­ter­view about their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

Grade 4 stu­dent Aaron Caines was one of those stu­dents. Caines’ great-great un­cle, Caleb Rush­ton, was one of the min­ers trapped in the Springhill mine disas­ter. As an in­fant, Caines at­tended Rush­ton’s fu­neral, and re­cently re­turned to Springhill to in­ter­view his widow. While there, Caines got to sing the song writ­ten about the mine disas­ter, in which Rush­ton is named, with Rush­ton’s nephew and great-nephew.

Alex Churchill looked at the story of his great-grand­fa­ther and his time with the Royal Ri­fles of Canada dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and the Bat­tle of Hong Kong, where he ended up a pris­oner of war for close to four years.

“I was al­ways fas­ci­nated in war and his­tory, so this seemed to be the per­fect pro­ject for me,” says Churchill. “I liked the idea that my pro­ject was per­sonal.”

Lucy Har­land, Grade 5, says she chose to do her pro­ject, en­ti­tled Kentville Then and Now, be­cause of her grand­fa­ther.

“My grand­fa­ther grew up in Kentville and knows the sto­ries,” she says, “and I like to spend time with him lis­ten­ing to his sto­ries.”

Caden Schofield, Grade 4, also com­pleted his pro­ject about Kentville, look­ing into the his­tory of the Glooscap Curl­ing Club, as he him­self, is a curler.

“I didn’t know much about the curl­ing club,” says Schofield, “so, I wanted to learn more.”

This was the first time in sev­eral years that KCA has hosted a Her­itage Fair, says school prin­ci­pal Vic­to­ria Laurence. She says staff was thrilled with the number of stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the event and with the high cal­i­bre of the projects.

“We are in­cred­i­bly proud of our stu­dents for the tremen­dous effort they put into their projects and hope that this will con­tinue for years to come,” she says.

Ten stu­dents were se­lected to go to the re­gion­als which will be held at the King­stec cam­pus in May.

Caden Schofield — His­tory of the Glooscap Curl­ing Club

Aaron Caines — Springhill Mine Disas­ter

Aaron Pul­sifer —


Lucy Har­land — Kentville Then and Now

Abby MacLeod & Maleia Strong — 1950s Cloth­ing

Owen Schofield — Tim Hor­tons as a Cana­dian Iden­tity

Thomas Duke — 1800s Cook­ing

Alex Churchill — His­tory of his great-grand­fa­ther in the Sec­ond World War with the Royal Ri­fles

Drew Zet­tler & Matthew Boutilier — The role of Canada in the Sec­ond World War

Ai­dan Langille — Oak Is­land His­tory of


Owen Schofield learned more about Tim Hor­tons and its role in Cana­dian iden­tity, as part of a her­itage fair pro­ject at KCA.


KCA re­cently held a Her­itage Fair to cel­e­brate Canada’s his­tory and cul­ture. Ten projects were se­lected to ad­vance to the re­gion­als to be held in May. Many of the stu­dents like, Alex Churchill, re­searched their fam­ily his­to­ries.

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