Our emcee’s Roba and Adrianna from John D. Bracco School did an amazing job of managing the program’s talk-show format elements and kept the conversations flowing. This year’s theme emphasized the important and impactful role strong mentors play in children’s lives starting right from Kindergarten.
Ms. Michelle Buckle from MJB Psychological Services Ltd. shared her story about being the only one of her five siblings to pursue post-secondary education. She elaborated that her career decision was made possible because of the outstanding and caring support she received from teachers during her educational journey at Edmonton Public schools. Our guests were then wowed by dance performances and stories told by students Trevitt and Emily from Eastglen School. Both kids talked about the difficult challenges they’ve experienced throughout their short lives and credited their positive outcomes to their teachers as well.
Our program wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have a visit from the Kinders. A few darlings from Lauderdale School (at the breakfast) and Calder School (at the lunch) came up to the stage with a Kindergarten graduate to present their pay-it-forward funds raised to support next year’s full-day Kindergarten programs. They also gave BIG hugs and a gift as a farewell gesture to Director Tracy Poulin who is retiring at the end of June.
School bus karaoke videos of Beacon Heights’ full-day Kindergarten students – Abdulah, Tristin and Aubrey – were sprinkled throughout the program. Even Superintendent Darrel Robertson got in on the fun by singing to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus.”
But that’s not all! Singer-Songwriter Ms. Ann Vriend wrote two songs specifically for our fundraiser. Ms Vriend performed It’s Happening with Sifton School students and the grand finale was her song Can’t Keep That Old Flame Down, which she sang with Highland School students. These collaborative musical performances became a reality because of an anonymous donor who set up the Fran Papworth Opportunity For Joy Endowment Fund via the Edmonton Community Foundation.
All in all, the day was a huge success! There was lots of laughter, a few tears and many memorable moments for our guests. You can get a glimpse into our special day by viewing pictures here and here.