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St. Clair Catholic Students Across Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton Participate in Annual "Great Big Crunch" 

Students at Holy Family Catholic School in Wallaceburg joined hundreds of students across Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton this month for the annual Great Big Crunch.

“It was one loud, simultaneous crunch as our students bit into their shiny red apples,” says Gloria Grieve, Principal of Holy Family Catholic School. 

“We want to say ‘thank you’ to the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program for supplying all of the apples to Holy Family Catholic School!”

Great Big Crunch is held every year during the fall harvest to celebrate locally produced foods and healthier eating. 

“Through Great Big Crunch, we invite everyone to learn about healthy eating and local food systems, as they follow the journey from apple seed, to harvest, to market, to the core!” says Elaine Lewis, Coordinator of the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program.

Apples were also supplied to a number of work places.

About 450 volunteers provide a nutritious meal to 4,500 students every day through the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program; and more than 8,100 children are served daily in programs across Sarnia-Lambton.

In the photo above, students at Holy Family Catholic School in Wallaceburg take a "great big crunch" out of apples donated by the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program.

Oct 26, 2015

"Joy Through Service" is the Theme for St. Clair Catholic's System-wide Faith Development Day 

Joy Through Service was the theme of the St. Clair Catholic system-wide faith development day, which was held on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Ursuline College Chatham Catholic Secondary School in Chatham, and St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia.

"Our system faith day is always a tremendous event, as we gather the St. Clair family for a day of inspiration and personal discovery," says Dan Parr, Director of Education. "It is also a time for us to give thanks for the gift of Catholic education, as we proclaim our faith through the celebration of the Eucharist."

The guest speaker for the day was Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, who led our staff on a meaningful journey toward new ways to deepen our faith and find great joy in our vocations, as we serve God by serving others.

The day was attended by all staff, including teachers, school support staff, principals and vice principals, central office staff, senior administration and trustees.

A highlight of the event is always the Lighting Our Way awards ceremony.  The awards are presented bi-annually at the system-wide faith development day.  This year's honourees are Andrea DeBruyn, a classroom teacher at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown; and Dino Petrucci, the Religion Teacher and Department Head at St. Patrick's Catholic High School in Sarnia.

The awards are presented to staff members who exemplify the fundamental and essential qualities of Catholic education, by living our faith; promoting educational achievement and innovation; and fostering stewardship, leadership and social justice.

In the photos above (top) Director of Education Dan Parr (left) and Chair of the Board Carol Bryden (right) present the Lighting Our Way award to Andrea DeBruyn; and below, Mr. Parr and Trustee John Van Heck (right) present the award to Dino Petrucci.

Oct 23, 2015

Monsignor Uyen Catholic School Students Help Celebrate National Bus Driver Appreciation Day 

Students at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School in Chatham helped celebrate National Bus Driver Appreciation Day, by greeting each bus driver with a muffin and a fruit drink to say a special ‘thank you.’

“We are grateful for our bus drivers and everything they do to keep our students safe on the ride to school every morning and back home again at the end of the day,” says Monsignor Uyen Principal Juli Faubert.  “This gesture was just our way of letting them know they are appreciated.”

The event was organized by students on the school’s Social Justice Leadership Team.

The Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services (CLASS) is a consortium which provides bus transportation each day to more than 17,000 students of the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards, across Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent.

National School Bus Safety Week is held every year throughout North America during the third week of October.

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, which is a nationally recognized observance, was held this year on Wednesday, October 21st.

Oct 22, 2015
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