Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, August a child Opportunities fund reflects emphasis Education varies This attractive young lady from Winston Churchill High School is not apprenticing to become a carpenter. She's an art student at WCHS and, as part of her creative ability, has access to the school's wood-working shop. Integration of all school facilities, by both public and separate school boards, aims for the best over-all use of the taxpayer's dollar by all students. The creation this past spring of the Educational Opportunities Fund by the government of Alberta reflects a new emphasis on elementary education. By spending up to per child per year, it is hoped to introduce new and im- proved services for students in Grades 1 to 6 during the next three years. Elementary school staffs have been invited to submit proposals for increasing the effectiveness of in- struction in their schools. Plans have been com- pleted, or are in the process of being com- pleted, for educational pro- jects. Included in these pro- jects to date have been proposals to: implement a creative drama program to enhance communication skills of children with learning problems i David- to utilize community agencies and personnel to enrich learning ex- experiences for children to implement a comprehen- sive program of reading skills (Allan to diagnose and remediate learning difficulties for Grade 1 students i Buchanan and Galbraith and to provide essential early learning experiences for primary school children LakeviewK These projects, if approved by provincial authorities, will be in- itiated during the 1973-74 school year. If these various schemes are successful, they may be extended for a further two-year period. The government has an- nounced its intention of in- corporating into the Foun- dation Plan those instruc- uonal programs which turn out to be worthwhile. FRENCH Grade 4s begin path to fluency, awareness This year, for the first time in the Lethbridge public school system. Grade 4 students will study French. This step represents the last phase in a three-year program of providing French for all students in Grades 4 to 6. The program, instituted originally as a result of a parent petition and over- whelmingly endorsed in a survey of parental opinion, appears to be enjoying modest success. The goals of developing oral fluency and an awareness of French Cana- dian culture have not been fully achieved but progress has been made. An intensive training program has been provided for teachers of elementary French. The services of a consul- tant in French have been made available to teachers in their classrooms so the quality of instruction may be suitably improved. The University of Lethbridge has also assisted in upgrading teacher skills by having members of its faculty in- struct in both credit and non-credit courses. The introduction of French into the elemen- tary school program of studies has already resulted in a change of French program materials at the junior high level. This change is expected to continue during the next Few years as the elemen- tary students currently studying French move up through the grades. A tune for older neighbors Nothing warms the heart of senior citizens as much as a visit from their younger neighbors T h -e s e students, performing at the Green Acres senior citizens' home, have almost as much fun as their audience. In addi- tion to the concert, shown above, the pupils provided short plays and songs, much to the delight of Lethbridge's pioneer residents.