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...