Teach­ing stu­dents be­yond the class­room

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Sylvia Jacquard Pat Martin Sara.Ericsson@kingscountynews.ca


Lawrence Joseph — 92 of Med­ford, Kings County passed away Feb. 25, 2018 peace­fully at home sur­rounded by his cher­ished fam­ily. Lawrence was born at the Wood Ma­ter­nity Hospi­tal in Port Wil­liams on Aug. 18, 1925 to farmer, Lorne Parker and his wife Alice (Wood) Parker (a nurse), and as a child lived at Paddy’s Is­land in Med­ford. He at­tended Med­ford school as a child and would travel on the “Blue­berry Ex­press” train from Kingsport to Kentville to at­tend Kings County Academy for Grades 10 through to 12. He com­pleted his ed­u­ca­tion at Agri­cul­tural Col­lege in Truro, spe­cial­iz­ing in tree graft­ing. He pro­posed to the love of his life, Vir­ginia Pem­ber­ton, at Kingsport wharf and they were mar­ried on

July 8, 1949, whom he at­trib­uted as be­ing the great­est in­flu­ence in his life. They en­joyed many trips through­out the world to­gether. The same year he was mar­ried, he took on the deal­er­ship of David Brown trac­tors and potato dig­gers and was a suc­cess­ful dealer for 50 years sell­ing David Brown, Case, Uni­ver­sal and Ford trac­tors as well as New Hol­land equip­ment. For many years he also ran a farm, grow­ing straw­ber­ries, ap­ples as well as cat­tle, of­fer­ing many men a makeshift home as farm labour­ers. He worked very hard to pro­vide for his fam­ily. He was a life­long mem­ber of Em­manuel United Church in Kingsport, serv­ing as

Elder for many years. Lawrence was an avid bowler on the Tom Thumb league for many years and in re­cent years was a stiff com­peti­tor in Wii bowl­ing with his fam­ily. The great­est joy in Lawrence’s life, were his chil­dren — David, James, Jack, Diane and Don­ald, and he adored the role of be­ing “Grand-Dad” to Tanya, Candice, Lo­gan and Ja­son. The great-grand­chil­dren sent him over the moon with hap­pi­ness. He spent many hours build­ing mo­tor­ized go-carts, farm equip­ment and tools, or de­sign­ing and cre­at­ing any­thing that came to mind to do a par­tic­u­lar job. He is sur­vived by his wife of over 68 years, Vir­ginia (Jeanne) (Pem­ber­ton) Parker, sons Jack (Brenda) of Kingsport, Don­ald (Donna) of Med­ford, daugh­ter Diane Stir­ling (Joel) of Monc­ton, daugh­ter-in-law Terry Parker of Mid­dle Sackville and grand­chil­dren Tanya (Mark) Neary, Lo­gan (Mary) Parker, Ja­son (Ash­ley) Stir­ling and eight great-grand­chil­dren, sev­eral nieces and neph­ews. His big­gest heartache was the loss of his sons David, Jim and grand­daugh­ter Candice. He was also pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, Lorne and Alice, brother, Ken­neth and sis­ter-in­law Florence, sis­ter Mar­ion Gray and brother-in-law Sher­man, sis­ter El­iz­a­beth in in­fancy and re­cently (Feb. 2) his brother Bernard. Lawrence was a very kind, car­ing and gen­er­ous man to every­one he met. His home was his palace and his door was al­ways open to fam­ily, friends, cus­tomers or any­one in need. Cre­ma­tion has taken place and there will be no visi­ta­tion by re­quest. A grave­side ser­vice will be held at a later date in the Habi­tant Ceme­tery, Habi­tant, Kings County. The fam­ily would like to thank Dr. Her­gett and the VON for their sup­port in car­ing for Lawrence and as­sist­ing us in al­low­ing him to re­main in his home for his fi­nal days. We cel­e­brate the won­der­ful ex­am­ple that this man set for so many. Do­na­tions in mem­ory may be made to Em­manuel United Church, VON or to the Candice Parker Bur­sary Fund at the North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre. Fu­neral ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to the White Fam­ily Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tion Ser­vices, Kentville. On­line in­quiries and con­do­lences may be di­rected to www.white­fam­i­ly­fu­ner­al­home.com.

A teacher that re­cently brought sev­eral stu­dents study­ing French to Que­bec City says the trip has taught them things they’d never learn in a class­room.

Grade 8 stu­dents at Kings County Academy re­cently re­turned from a cul­tural ex­change trip to Que­bec, where they each stayed with a lo­cal fam­ily.

Soak­ing up both lan­guage and cul­ture was in­evitable as stu­dents vis­ited mu­se­ums, ate maple taffy, spoke French and went to­bog­gan­ing, mak­ing new friends as they did so.

“My favourite part was mak­ing friends with the peo­ple we stayed with, even though we don’t nec­es­sar­ily speak the same lan­guage,” said stu­dent Thomas Gask­ins.

The best year yet

Danielle LeBlanc teaches French at KCA and has or­ga­nized the trip each year with stu­dents’ help.

A trip she calls “for the kids, and

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our own Planter’s Ridge Win­ery for win­ning first place in the “Best White/ by the kids,” she gets them to help her plan where they will visit, how much it will cost, and why they should go there.

With equal em­pha­sis placed on ed­u­ca­tion and fun, the stu­dents chose things like vis­it­ing the Que­bec Win­ter Car­ni­val and the Na­tional Assem­bly of Que­bec. LeBlanc feels this, the trip’s 10th year, was the best yet.

“The stu­dents re­ally made this

Sparkling Wine” cat­e­gory at the Savour Food & Wine Fes­ti­val in Hal­i­fax.

There was fun and laugh­ter for par­tic­i­pants at the Port Wil­liams United Bap­tist Church’s Games Night. The event, open to the pub­lic, was the sec­ond of their 150 an­niver­sary year cel­e­bra­tions. An evening of curl­ing, that took place last week­end, was the third.

The event fea­tured a good mix of all ages at the nine ta­bles through­out the evening and a great mix of games — from the ever-pop­u­lar card games like Skip­bow, Uno and hap­pen them­selves. They are en­gaged, and re­ally bought into what the trip is about. They blended well with the fam­i­lies they stayed with and learned things they would not have in a class­room,” she said.

Get­ting ready to host Que­bec

The stu­dents each had their own favourite as­pects of the trip. Zach John­son said his favourite part was trav­el­ling within the

rummy, crib­bage and old favourite board games like Sorry, Hed­banz, Mo­nop­oly, Clue, Scrab­ble and Blokus. Not as well-known but kid­friendly games were played, like Johnny Trac­tor and Friends Ap­ple Ad­ven­ture Game, Pass the Pigs, Scrab­ble Ju­nior, Mario Mo­nop­oly, Con­nect 4.

You could tell that a few of the games — Funny Bones and Mad Mag­a­zine Re­vue — had been dug out of clos­ets and the 1960s game Twis­ter was still played. There were snacks to nib­ble on through­out the evening. same coun­try but feel­ing like he’d ar­rived in a to­tally dif­fer­ent place.

“Go­ing to a dif­fer­ent part of Canada that’s so cul­tur­ally dif­fer­ent — it’s like speak­ing a com­pletely dif­fer­ent lan­guage, but liv­ing in the same coun­try,” he said.

Brid­gette Hire felt the host fam­i­lies, “liked to share with us what they like to eat and the back sto­ries be­hind that, and their fam­ily his­tory.”

The stu­dents are now gear­ing up to host a group of French stu­dents in May and have or­ga­nized the Easter Fam­ily Fun Night on March 28 at KCA to fundraise to help cover the host­ing costs.

The stu­dents all ex­pressed ex­cite­ment to show the Québé­cois stu­dents around the prov­ince and share Nova Sco­tia’s cul­ture with them.

“The stu­dents are learn­ing so much. I think the big­gest thing they’ve taken from this is that we’re dif­fer­ent cul­tures and speak dif­fer­ent lan­guages, but we’re the same at the end of the day,” said LeBlanc.

On this night when the six peo­ple around a ta­ble were talk­ing about “Hand and Foot” they were not talk­ing about an an­i­mal dis­ease but a card game, a form of Canasta.

The happy bab­ble of peo­ple at the ta­bles was punc­tu­ated with the ‘ohh­hhs’ com­ing from the hits, misses and near misses at the croki­nole ta­ble.

The an­nounce­ment of re­fresh­ments be­ing served caused only a mo­men­tary pause, as most play­ers just filled their bowls with ice cream and top­pings and went back to their games.


Danielle LeBlanc (far right, back row) stands with six stu­dents who trav­elled with her to Que­bec City. Pic­tured are, from left, front row: Brid­gette Hire, Zach John­son and Kira Ken­nie; back row: Molly Stead­man, Ja­cob Dren­nan and Thomas Gask­ins.


Brid­gette Hire, Kira Ken­nie and Zach John­son try maple taffy.

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