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Community connections celebrated by LKDSB during Education Week, May 6-10

May 03, 2019

The Ministry of Education has declared the week of May 6 to May 10 as Education Week across Ontario. This year, the Lambton Kent District School Board's (LKDSB) theme is "LKDSB: Connecting Communities."

The LKDSB and its staff strive to build positive relationships with students to support their learning, physical and mental health, and well-being. Throughout the week, schools will be hosting various activities that highlight the wonderful contributions of community members in supporting the success and well-being of every student.

"Each school community is unique and the LKDSB is committed to fostering connections in order to support students' overall achievement and well-being," said Director Jim Costello. "We are proud of the support of our staff and parents/guardians, along with the relationships that are fostered between community partners and volunteers, to help provide the best possible learning experiences for our students."

Community partnerships also allow for enriched learning opportunities. On May 9, teachers and students in Grades 5-8 will be participating in the third annual Black Heritage Symposium at Lambton Kent Composite School in Dresden. The symposium will allow educators and students to learn about the importance of black heritage and identity, as well as tour Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site. The event is led by the LKDSB's Equity and Inclusive Committee, with the support of Buxton National Historic Site & Museum and Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site. Media is invited to attend the symposium, beginning at 9 a.m.

The event features performances by the Flex We Talent Players from Guelph, Ont., who will perform My Place is Right Here, written by Aaron Haddad. The play highlights the efforts of Dresden native Hugh Burnett, one of Canada's first civil rights activists who was a key figure in the fight for anti-discrimination legislation in Ontario. Additionally, LKDSB graduate, author and Guinness World Record-setting rapper Duane Gibson (D.O.) will be sharing his message about ways for youth to "Stay Driven."

A complete list of Education Week activities held across the LKDSB may be found on the website at:

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For additional information contact:
Jane Bryce, Chair of the Board, 519-899-2619
Jim Costello, Director of Education, 519-336-1500, Ext 31297

For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, 519-336-1500, Ext. 31262
May 3, 2019