Grant funding for local school projects

Hope Secondary School and Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School have each received $3,000

Hope Secondary School will soon be getting a weight room upgrade, thanks to a $3,000 School Community Connections Program grant.

The project aims to provide more opportunities for staff and students to focus on weight and strength training by enhancing the equipment already in place.

“It’s been a number of years since we’ve purchased any big ticket items for the P.E. department and it was deficient in a number of areas,” said principal Rosalee Floyd.

“In the last few years, we’ve added personal fitness to our courses offered to students and it’s become really popular. Because of our growing need there, we wanted to see if we could also expand on our equipment and better meet the needs of our kids.”

The upgrade will not only diversify the existing physical education opportunities, but facilitate the potential of one-on-one personal training.

A $3,000 grant has also been awarded to Boston Bar Elementary Secondary School for a new greenhouse project that integrates the curriculum with stewardships and sustainability. The initiative will provide ties to foods, nutrition, science, healthy choices, and gardening. There will also be experimental learning through the creation, caring, planting, harvesting and canning processes.

“Boston Bar really will benefit a great deal from this type of collaborative, engaging holistic project for the community school as they are extremely remote and quite isolated,” said Wendy Colman, school district prevention coordinator.

“This type of opportunity will bring community together is a positive, empowering, engaging way and increase individual, school and community capacity, resilience, awareness, knowledge and ability around food securities.”