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Program targeting boys’ literacy to be lauded

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The Rainy River District School Board was to recognize the efforts of staff at two of its schools to improve boys’ success in literacy at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

The new joint initiative between Robert Moore and Donald Young schools will be a three-year project focused around a central question:

Is it possible, through the use of rich resources, monitored parental involvement, and the involvement of male role models, to increase boys’ interests in literacy and raise their level of reading success?

Board staff Wilma Esselink and Kerri-Lyn Beckett will collect and analyze data over the next three years, then report their findings to the board.

“This three-year project will be a positive experience for the Rainy River District School Board,” the board noted in its report. “The insights gained will enable teachers to better meet the needs of boys in our system.”

Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, which was scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. at Donald Young School in Emo, the board will recognize the achievement of students at the Sunset Country Regional Science Fair.

Mitchell Haw, a student at Sturgeon Creek School who took first place in the Intermediate Division: Life Science category, will present his project, “An Icy Life,” at the meeting.

Haw, along with J.W. Walker School student Bailey Strom, will be attending the Canada Wide Science Fair in Saguenay, Que. later this month.

Also Tuesday night, the board will:

•recognize the efforts of educational support personnel in its monthly REACH program;

•take note of the various activities taking place at schools across the district during Education Week; and,

•hear a report on school improvement planning.

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