The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Brian Warr, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this Honourable House to recognize the many schools that go above and beyond to create safe and caring environments for all students. Each year, 35 schools are presented with a Safe and Caring Schools Special Project Award.
Last week, the Premier and I had the pleasure of participating in a Pink Shirt Day celebration at Elwood Elementary in Deer Lake. The enthusiasm and kindness on display was truly inspiring.
Students, teachers and staff, all wearing pink, celebrated friendship, promoting this year’s theme “Lift Each Other Up” – a simple but powerful message encouraging us to celebrate our differences and the things that make us unique.
It was wonderful to have the added opportunity to present the award to one of the 35 winners – Elwood Regional High School.
Through the Education Action Plan we are focused on building more inclusive learning environments that are responsive to student’s strengths and needs. By this September, an additional 350 teaching resources will be in place, helping to ensure student success regardless of ability.
Mr. Speaker, I ask all Honourable members to join me in congratulating the 35 schools receiving awards and recognizing their work to make our schools places where students feel safe and can learn and grow.