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St. Clair Catholic Joins CLASS to Celebrate National School Bus Safety Week and Bus Driver Appreciation Day 

Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services (CLASS) is urging children and parents to say a special ‘thank you’ to the many dedicated bus drivers, who ensure students arrive safely at school every day.

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.

“This annual observance is a great opportunity for each of us to recognize the important work of our school bus drivers and operators,” says Kent Orr, CLASS General Manager.  “We ask that our students and parents join us in showing our appreciation to the women and men who keep our students safe on the ride to school and back home every day.”

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, which is also a nationally recognized observance, falls on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

Oct 16, 2015

St. Clair Catholic, LKDSB and Canadian Mental Health Association Launch New 'Be Safe' App 

Be Safe is a new mobile app designed to help support teens and young adults making decisions in crisis.  An official launch and demonstration was recently held at the Catholic Education Centre in Wallaceburg.  Be Safe has been purchased jointly by the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards, along with the Canadian Mental Health Association.  It is free to all Android and iPhone users.

“These on-line resources are a reflection of the way young people communicate in the digital world of the 21st Century,” says Dan Parr, Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  “We know this app will be a reliable resource to help young people in crisis.”

“This is another important tool we can make available to our young people to help keep them safe and allow them to support others, says Jim Costello, Director of Education for the Lambton Kent District School Board.

“The mental health of youth is a priority for all of us; CMHA Lambton Kent is pleased to partner with both boards of education to ‎bring this innovative project to our youth” says Alan Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer  for the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent.

Be Safe was developed by mindyourmind, an award-winning, not-for-profit mental health program that engages youth, young adults and the professionals who serve them, to co-develop reliable and relevant resources.  The goal of mindyourmind is to inspire youth to reach out, get help and give help.

The Be Safe app allows users to make a safety plan and gives them options for getting help by understanding how to ask for help and empowering them to reach out safely.  It also informs them about resources in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton.

In the photo above, students of the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Board demonstrate the new mobile app.

Oct 05, 2015
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