January 30 - Dr. Bill Comrie and his family made full-day Kindergarten happen for Beacon Heights
Just when we thought we had a good year, we were gifted with a GREAT year!
On Thursday, January 30, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., we celebrated the launch of the Comrie Family Learning Centre full-day Kindergarten classroom at Beacon Heights School. This full-day program has been made possible through the generous donation of $500,000 over the next five years by Dr. Bill Comrie and his family.
Approximately 100 people attended the One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish Celebration and were gifted with a fish pin created by Bannerman School's Nellie McClung students. Friends and members of the Comrie family were in attendance, along with Trustees, Foundation Board members, Superintendent Darrel Robertson and Foundation friends.
The event was MC'd by two Grade 6 students and included presentations by Dr. Comrie, Dr. Hayes, Chair of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation and Trustee Hoffman, Chair of the Edmonton Public School Board. The entire school student population got the audience excited by singing a couple of songs and flashing huge smiles! At the end of the program everyone had the opportunity to meet the Kindergarten teachers – Mrs. Kulchisky and Miss Fithen – and the little beanspouts who are reaping the benefits of the full-day program.
"I am excited about helping make a difference in the lives of young children in Edmonton," said Dr. Comrie. "What I've learned through Sandra Woitas is that full-day Kindergarten can make all the difference in ensuring disadvantaged students have every opportunity to succeed now and in the future. It's all about putting them on a level playing field with their peers. I'm not only proud to be part of that; I challenge others in the community to support the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation."
Guests then returned to the gym to feast on a lunch prepared by the Food Studies students from Queen Elizabeth. In keeping with the theme, the tables were decorated with fish cookies and fish inspired centrepieces made with love by the students.