Tremblay Elementary looks to partner with city

Tremblay School is keeping kids after the bell rings - but it’s all for a good reason.

Principal Shawnese Trottier and School Division 59’s Mike Readman were on hand at city council Monday to propose partnership with the city parks and recreation department to help enhance after school arts and sports programming in the school. 

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The school has been receiving funding for nearly a decade for programs for students.

“(It is) something that meets the needs of the community, helps support the school in a way that is inclusive, providing a way for those more vulnerable and to make school a safer and more of a learning environment for students,” says Trottier.

Readman noted a funding is also going to Windrem school in Chetwynd for similar programming, provided through the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture and After School Sport and Arts Initiative.

Readman said the key was sometimes simply building student confidence.

The programming targets students with barriers K to 8. Trottier noted anything could be a barrier, from not having adequate snacks or transportation, or needing half hour of after school programming.

There are more than 140 school throught BC utilizing this programming, with 68 students in Tremblay taking advantage of the extra curricular activities. 

“Kids don’t want to miss what is going on at their school.”

Readman says reaching out to the city is a next logical step.

“We are proud of the work but excited to know that the program could be more robust.”

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