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Students at Georges P. Vanier in Chatham and St. Joseph in Corunna Join Thousands in Annual Great Big Crunch Events 

Students at Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham and St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna joined thousands of others across Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton today to celebrate the Ontario Student Nutrition Program's annual Great Big Crunch.

"It was one loud, snappy and simultaneous crunch as our students bit into their shiny red apples," says Americo Todino, Principal of Georges P. Vanier Catholic School "We want to say 'thank you' to the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program for supplying all of the apples to our students for this annual event, which helps to promote healthy eating in our schools."

"Great Big Crunch is a fun way reinforce the positive messages about healthy eating that students in our schools hear every day!" says Colleen Cogghe, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School, Corunna.

"Great Big Crunch is also a great way to educate our students about the tremendous abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables that are locally grown," says Dan Parr, Director of Education.

Last year, 475 volunteers logged more than 23,600 hours working to provide a nutritious snack or meal to 6,631 students every day through the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program.  In Sarnia-Lambton, more than 13,400 apples were supplied at 44 schools, which participated in the Great Big Crunch this year.

In the photos (above left) taking a bite out of their apples during Great Big Crunch are (L-R) Americo Todino, Principal Georges P. Vanier Catholic School; GPV students; Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board; and Al Davies, Coordinator, Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program; and (above right) students at St. Joseph Catholic School, Corunna help spread the message about the importance of good nutrition through the Great Big Crunch event.


Oct 20, 2016

St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent District School Boards to Share $30,000 from Noelle's Gift 

The Noelle’s Gift foundation has donated a total of $30,000 to the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards to support students and families in need for the 2016-2017 school year.

“Once again, we are grateful and greatly blessed by the generous donation from Noelle’s Gift,” says Dan Parr, Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board.  “This tremendous on-going support for our students and their families is a fitting and lasting legacy for the life and work of Noelle Paquette.”

“We are always thankful to the family of Noelle Paquette and Noelle’s Gift for their continued support of our students and families in need,” says Jim Costello, Director of Education for the Lambton Kent District School Board.

The $30,000 donation from the Noelle’s Gift charitable fund is shared among the two school boards to support students and their families who are in need.  The money is used to purchase eyeglasses, clothing, food, medicine and medical equipment – anything that is needed to help children and families in crisis.  The funds are dispersed independently through the two school boards.  Principals make application whenever a child is in need.  Requests are processed quickly, to get help to families as soon as possible.

The Noelle’s Gift charitable fund was established in memory of Noelle Paquette, a former Kindergarten teacher with St. Clair Catholic, who passed away in January 2013.

In the photo above are (L-R) Jim Costello, Director of Education, Lambton Kent District School Board; Jackie Major-Daamen and Kevin Cannon, Noelle's Gift Foundation; and Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board.

Oct 20, 2016

On-Line Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test Cancelled by EQAO 

As you may be aware, the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) was to have been conducted today using an on-line format.  This was a first for EQAO testing.  However, due to widespread technical issues on the part of EQAO, the test was cancelled across the province.  EQAO has issued a statement expressing disappointment and apologizing for this development.

We wish to thank our students and our teachers for the tremendous work they did in preparing for the test in this new format.

We await further direction from EQAO.

Oct 20, 2016
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