Grand Erie's family has grown this past year. Students in schools all over the district have welcomed newcomer families from Syria with open arms.
In honour of World Refugee Day on Monday, June 20, 2016, we would like to recognize the efforts and inclusiveness demonstrated by our schools.
On March 4th, 22 students participated in an event that they called "Sleep over for Syria." At this event, students played games, spent time together and created keepsakes for the Syrian families.
They also listened to guest speakers who taught them about the challenges faced by new canadian immigrants. The students raised $1,340 and this money was split and donated to the two Syrian families who arrived in Caledonia.
The students also gave the families the keepsakes that they created at the event: two quilts and the dual language books "My School" in (Arbic/English).
On March 10th, PDHS opened its doors to welcome Alnaser, Shaza and Omar from Syria. The students at PDHS created a dual language sign that read Welcome (in English and Arabic).
A tour for the new students was organized as well as a schedule that outlined who and where they were going to meet the Newcomer students to take them to their next class. They did this until the students felt comfortable on their own without getting lost in the building.