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Informing Teens, Preventing Injuries is the Focus of IMPACT Day at St. Patrick's Catholic High School 

St. Patrick’s Catholic High School held Impact Day, a trauma prevention program created and supported by London Health Sciences.  The presentation, in partnership with the Lambton Safe Roads Committee, is designed to inform teens and prevent injuries.  It included firsthand accounts of the social, economic and health outcomes of risk-taking behaviours.  

“This program is intended to speak directly to high school students and to provide them with the tools necessary to make informed decisions about risk-taking,” says Robert Cicchelli, Principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic High School.

The day included a mock accident in front of the school, which was be seen by all students and staff as they entered the building at the start of the school day.  Sarnia Police Services provided this visual as a clear depiction of the possible harm that can come from distracted or careless driving.

Two guest speakers also provided students with real-life awareness of distracted driving and the risks that come with the use of drugs or alcohol. In addition, Grade 12 students had an opportunity to learn more at information booths that were set up in the gym. 

Partners for the day included: Bluewater Health, Lambton Public Health, EMS, Sexual Assault Survival Centre, Sarnia Police Services, London Health Sciences, Ministry of Transportation, Sarnia Fire and Rescue, MADD, Arrive Alive, The HUB, Northgate Pharmacy and Findley’s Driving School.

“We know this is valuable information for teenagers everywhere; however, some parts of the message were difficult to hear,” says Mr. Cicchelli.  “Counsellors were on hand for the day for any student who needed additional support during any part of the presentation.”

In the photo (top left) are (L-R) Hillary Dagg, Event Speaker; Robert Cicchelli, Principal, St. Patrick's Catholic High School; Student Danielle Green; Brandon Batey, Injury Prevention Specialist, London Health Sciences Centre; and Kathryn Field, Event Speaker.

May 01, 2017

St. Clair Catholic Joins Lambton Student Nutrition Program to say 'Thank you' to Volunteers 

Dozens of volunteers help make student nutrition programs work every day in schools throughout Lambton County ... and today, officials of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program (OSNP) Lambton paused to say 'thank you.'

"Our student nutrition programs would not be possible without the commitment and support of our many volunteers at schools all across the county," says Lana Smith, a nutritionist with Lambton Public Health and Chair of the OSNP-Lambton Partnership.  "We are grateful for the work they do every day on behalf of the program."

Volunteers were invited to an appreciation ceremony at DeGroot's Nurseries on London Road in Sarnia.

"We know the value of this program to our students," says Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  "The nutritious foods provided through the meal, snack and blended programs help our students to be successful at school.  Thank you for all that you do to support our young people," she told the volunteers.

OSNP-Lambton is open to all students and is guided by three main principles:  It's universal - all students are invited to participate; nutrition and food safety are its foundation - registered dietitians and public health inspectors offer guidance and support in menu planning; and it is a community partnership - programs have many volunteers who give their time to meet the program's needs.

Volunteers with 45 nutrition programs across Lambton County provide healthy snacks every day to 8,400 students.

In the photos are (top) Gregory, a student volunteer in the Student Nutrition Program at Holy Trinity, poses with his mom as he receives his appreciation certificate; and (above L-R) attending the Volunteer Appreciation Event at DeGroot's Nurseries in Sarnia are: Laura Callaghan, Superintendent of Education; Carol Milner, Student Nutrition Program volunteer at Holy Trinity Catholic School; Lana Smith, Lambton Public Health; and Leslie Palimaka, OSNP-Lambton Coordinator.


Apr 27, 2017

Holy Rosary Students Give School Habitat a Spring Cleanup 

Students, staff and parent volunteers recently pitched in to help clean up the Holy Rosary habitat.

"The habitat is our outdoor classroom at Holy Rosary," says Principal Barbara Armstrong.  "It is a valuable resource in helping to teach our students about the environment and the care we all need to take to preserve the natural gifts God has given us."

The habitat is a natural garden, which is home to plant species that are native to the Carolinian forest eco-system, some of which are rare. 

The spring clean-up included re-mulching the pathways and picking up litter, which had blown into the area over the winter months.  Another clean-up is planned for later on when the weather will be warmer and the plants begin to grow.  Holy Rosary students will also be building bird feeders and bird houses, to help encourage wildlife into the area.

"I want to thank the parents who put in a day's work to help with our clean-up and Wyoming Tree for graciously donating all of the mulch," says Ms. Armstrong.

In the photo, Principal Barbara Armstrong and students pause for a photo during the recent habitat clean-up.

Apr 25, 2017
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