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Shelly Bracko1/21/2021 12:44 PMAttachment
GPPSD Education Foundation receives a grant of $34,150 from the CFNWAB

The Grande Prairie Public School Division Education Foundation is grateful to have received a generous grant of $34,150 from the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta from the Government of Canada's Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to support student health and wellness.CFNWAB 2020 Grant (1)e.jpg

The Executive Director of the GPPSD Education Foundation, Shaundra Siebert, says, "This school year has presented significant challenges for educators, parents, and students alike.  The COVID-19 pandemic has upended normalcy, and students and educators returned to schools with a myriad of new procedures implemented for their health and safety. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are wide-ranging, and dealing with trauma may be one of the experiences of 2020.  Surveys conducted by the Grande Prairie Public School Division in August of 2020 suggested that for many GPPSD families, mental health has been negatively impacted by COVID-19."

The ECSF funding will provide multi-layered training and professional development for teachers and school administrators to support the social, emotional, and mental well-being of the students. Placing emphasis on positive mental health and wellness through a school focus on social-emotional learning can mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of Inclusive Learning at the Grande Prairie Public School Division, Nancy Gorgichuk, added, "Creating a sense of belonging is a priority in our school division. Increasing capabilities to support students at the universal (classroom) level as they cope during the pandemic is critical.  The ECSF funding enables us to support our school leaders in building and implementing a comprehensive social-emotional learning plan at every school. Further developing our school leader's social-emotional competency and knowledge, their preparation of trauma-based approaches in unprecedented times, and their standards with the implementation of these practices will effect their own successful outcomes and well-being, as well as that of their staff and their students. We are very grateful for this generous support."

"When students are able to recognize that what they are feeling and have strategies they can use to help themselves, they will be better able to focus on their learning.  This is why now more than ever, educators recognize the need to expand social-emotional learning throughout the Division.  Focusing on social-emotional learning is not new in GPPSD schools, but this ECSF funding from the Government of Canada, Community Foundation of Canada, and the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta will provide additional training to help make it common instructional practice across the Division," said, Angus Sutherland, Board Chair of the GPPSD Education Foundation.

About the Education Foundation of the Grande Prairie Public School Division:

The Education Foundation was founded in 1991 to enhance educational opportunities for students in the Grande Prairie Public School Division. It was designed to complement basic education services in the city's public schools. Foundation members work towards providing resources in areas that are not funded through government allocations to school boards. The Board of Directors, together with the many contributors, has been able to enhance the educational experience for students. To learn more, follow GPPSDEdFoundation on Facebook and Twitter and visit https://www.gppsd.ab.ca/Program/EducationFoundation.

The Grande Prairie Public School Division Education Foundation is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta.

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Media Coverage:

Dec. 15, 2020, GPPSD Education Foundation receives a grant of $34,150 from the Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta - Reach FM

Dec. 16, 2020, GPPSD Education Foundation receives $34,150 grant to support student health and wellness | EverythingGP

Dec. 16, 2020, GPPSD Education Foundation receives grant for mental health training - My Grande Prairie Now


Mohammad Haidar12/17/2020 3:08 PM
GPPSD Staff Recognition 2019–2020 School Year - Exemplary Service Awards

GPPSD Celebrating Exemplary Service Awards - The Board of Trustees of the Grande Prairie Public School Division values the great opportunity to recognize and reflect on the excellent staff who work in our School Division. Especially within these complicated COVID times, the Board is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to show their appreciation for the skill, hard work, and energy GPPSD staff put into their work each day. It is the people that make a great organization, and GPPSD truly has remarkable people at all levels.

Thank you for all that you do. Your dedication and work do not go unnoticed by the Grande Prairie Public School Division's Board of Trustees.

#GPPSDThanks for all that you do!

Read full story for each staff on Grande Prairie Public School Division | Facebook.

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Mohammad Haidar12/16/2020 4:27 PM
GPPSD Celebrating 10 Years Long Service Awards

GPPSD Celebrating 10 Years Long Service Awards - The Board of Trustees of the Grande Prairie Public School Division values the great opportunity to recognize and reflect on the excellent staff who work in our School Division. Especially within these complicated COVID times, the Board is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to show their appreciation for the skill, hard work, and energy GPPSD staff put into their work each day. It is the people that make a great organization, and GPPSD truly has remarkable people at all levels.

Thank you for all that you do. Your dedication and work do not go unnoticed by the Grande Prairie Public School Division's Board of Trustees.

#GPPSDThanks for all that you do!

Read full story for each staff on Grande Prairie Public School Division | Facebook.

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Mohammad Haidar12/16/2020 4:26 PM
GPPSD Education Foundation supports classroom needs with $50,688 in grants to 17 schools

Seventeen schools within the Grande Prairie Public School Division have just received additional funding support from the Grande Prairie Public School Division Education Foundation. Each year the Foundation calls for applications for funding aimed at supporting programs and projects that will enhance the learning opportunities for our students.

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GPPSD Education Foundation is a registered non-profit charity that collaborates with teachers, principals, and community leaders to enhance learning opportunities for GPPSD students. The Education Foundation offers this support through its fundraising efforts in the community, individual and corporate donations, and partnerships with other community agencies. 

The Executive Director of the Education Foundation, Shaundra Siebert, says, "This initiative is something that our Board of Directors gets very excited about. It's our opportunity to support programs and projects that are unique to each school or classroom and provide those students with new and interesting learning opportunities."

The GPPSD Education Foundation granted $50,688 to 17 schools to support 25 initiatives in the Division this month. Initiatives include:

  • Alexander Forbes School – Learning Support Items - $3,000
  • Aspen Grove School – Online Literacy Subscriptions & Learning Kits - $2,275
  • Avondale School – Replacement of Laminator - $2,704
  • Charles Spencer High School – Student Store Startup, Document Cameras, and Student Subscriptions for Online Computer Technology Learning- $5,398
  • Crystal Park School – Manipulative Math Learning Kits - $3,000
  • Derek Taylor Public School – Schoolwide Fine Arts Project and Laptop to Support Special Needs - $2,470
  • Γ‰cole Montrose – Incubators and Alternative Seating - $3,000
  • Grande Prairie Composite High School – Greenhouse - $750
  • Hillside Community School – Laptops - $3,000
  • Isabell Campbell Public School – Cross Country Skis - $4,000
  • I.V. Macklin Public School – Phys. Ed Equipment - $2,553
  • Maude Clifford Public School – OSMO Kits, Visual Working Memory Games, Online Literacy Subscriptions, and Musical Instruments - $3,622
  • Parkside Montessori – Laptops and Guided Reading Books- $3,540
  • Peace Collaborative Services – Visual Communication Boards - $737
  • Riverstone Public School – Cross Country Skis - $4,000
  • Roy Bickell Public School – Coding & Robotics Learning Materials - $4,000
  • Swanavon School – iPads - $2,639

The GPPSD Education Foundation's School Grant Program directly aligns with the organization's mandate. Foundation Chairperson Angus Sutherland says his Board is very passionate about this. "Our Foundation does a lot of great work for our students. We have a great discussion and take the process seriously. We know the impact of our decisions affects students, and it feels good to help as much as we can." Sutherland adds that although they could not support all applications, the Education Foundation continues its' fundraising efforts to be able to offer more support each year.

Media Coverage:

Mohammad Haidar12/15/2020 1:19 PM