Stu­dents lauded

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BY STEVENWARB­URTON

Staff Glengarry’s two English Catholic ele­men­tary schools hon­oured two of their own last Thurs­day at the an­nual Bravo Break­fast at St. Joseph’s Se­condary School in Corn­wall.

In the case of St. Fin­nan’s, the hon­ouree was Grade 8 stu­dent Nathaniel Gerow, who was picked for his com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, car­ing na­ture, and his work with the school’s younger stu­dents.

The school’s prin­ci­pal, Ju­dith Boucher, says that Nathaniel is more than will­ing to spend his re­cess time or­ga­niz­ing co­op­er­a­tive games with kids in Grades 1 and 2.

“The kids are too young to par­tic­i­pate in in­tra-mu­rals, so Nathaniel takes time to play with them so they don’t feel left out.”

She says he’s pretty good at com­ing up with games the kids find in­ter­est­ing. Some ex­am­ples in­clude Jedi vs Sith, a cap­ture-the­flag type game in­spired by the Star Wars movies. An­other time, to en­cour­age the stu­dents to do­nate to the food bank, Nathaniel and his friends dressed up as su­per­heroes and went from class to class, telling the stu­dents that they can be su­per­heroes too by do­nat­ing food. They col­lected more than 300 items for the St. Vincent de Paul So­ci­ety dur­ing the school’s We Scare Hunger event.

Nathaniel is also part of his school’s eco-team and is a great spokesper­son to make the school more green. He also par­tic­i­pated in the We Run cam­paign, a 5K run to ben­e­fit Com­mu­nity Liv­ing Glengarry.

“All in all, Nathaniel is a fine young man,” Ms. Boucher says. “The St. Fin­nan’s com­mu­nity is proud to have him on our team and our staff and stu­dents are send­ing our con­grat­u­la­tions as he re­ceives this award.” Nathaniel was nom­i­nated by Ms. Boucher and teach­ers Jen­nifer Ter­ryBoy­den, Robin Jeau­rond, and An­drea Blaine.

Iona Acad­emy chose Grade 3 stu­dent Pay­ton Bell as this year’s re­cip­i­ent at the Bravo Break­fast.

Prin­ci­pal David McLeod says that Pay­ton is an “en­thu­si­as­tic mem­ber of her school’s Faith and Mission Club” where she learns about saints and com­pletes ap­pro­pri­ate crafts, and al­ways car­ries the cross into chapel. She’s also a

Nathaniel Gerow and Pay­ton Bell mem­ber of the school’s Eco-Club, which sees her don pro­tec­tive gloves so she can go through the school’s garbage and take out the re­cy­cling. Per­haps most im­pres­sive is Pay­ton’s de­sire to en­sure her class­mates are...

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