Ru­ral stu­dents headed to St. John’s

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Stu­dents from eight ru­ral New­found­land and Labrador schools will be able to par­tic­i­pate in ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences in St. John’s.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s In­tra-pro­vin­cial Travel Pro­gram is pro­vid­ing ap­prox­i­mately $33,500 so th­ese stu­dents can see what might await them fol­low­ing high school grad­u­a­tion.

Among the schools send­ing stu­dents are Marys­town Cen­tral High School; King Academy, Har­bour Bre­ton; MSB Re­gional Academy, Mid­dle Arm; A.R. Scam­mell Academy, Change Is­lands; Cot­trell’s Cove Academy; Cloud River Academy, Rod­dick­ton; St. Mary’s All-Grade, Mary’s Har­bour and Mealy Moun­tain Col­le­giate, Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Darin King sug­gested “Com­ing to St. John’s from a small town or re­mote area of the prov­ince can of­ten be dif­fi­cult.

“By ex­pos­ing young peo­ple to some of our post-secondary in­sti­tu­tions and cul­tural venues, they will have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the cap­i­tal city and hope­fully be ready to em­brace ev­ery­thing it has to of­fer – most im­por­tantly, post-secondary train­ing.”

To be con­sid­ered for fund­ing, schools sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion pack­age to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, de­tail­ing the in­tended des­ti­na­tion, ob­jec­tives for their trip and a planned itin­er­ary. All schools, which ap­plied, re­ceived fund­ing.

Stu­dents will visit places such as Memo­rial Uni­ver­sity, the Marine In­sti­tute, Col­lege of the North At­lantic and var­i­ous pri­vate colleges. They will also get a glimpse of life in the prov­ince’s largest city by ex­plor­ing cul­tural cen­tres such as The Rooms, the John­son GEO CEN­TRE and the Flu­var­ium.

Mr. King said this pro­gram helps stu­dents make more in­formed choices at a crit­i­cal time.

“By in­tro­duc­ing young peo­ple to life be­yond grad­u­a­tion while still in school, they will have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what it en­tails, and we hope they will be bet­ter able to em­brace the many op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them.”

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