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This morning, a number of special guests, and representatives from CTV Barrie, The Orillia Packet and Times and Orillia Today, descended on Rama Central P.S. to help us celebrate our second place finish in the LSF/RBC Our Canada Project competition.

Our award assembly was hosted by two Grade 8 students and our principal, Mrs. Lefuel.

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After our hosts provided some background information about the Food Drive for Orphaned Wildlife and greeted our guests, a pair of Grade 8 students presented a slide show depicting students engaged in wildlife food drive-related activities. 


Next, Mr. Stan Kozak of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) presented an award certificate to two students from Mrs. Black's Grade 5 class.

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Then Ms. Sandra Chevrier, representing the RBC Foundation, presented a $2,000. cheque to two Grade 5 students.

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School Superintendent, Mr. Paul Sloan, brought greetings and congratulations on behalf of himself, Trustee Ms. Jodi Lloyd and the Simcoe County District School Board.

IMG_0138Our final guest speaker was Ms. Monika Melichar, from Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, in Minden. She thanked our school for the help we have provided to local wildlife rehabilitation centres, through our wildlife food drive.

IMG_0144At the close of our assembly, four Grade 5 students presented Mr. Kozak and Ms. Chevrier with thank you banners, signed by staff and students throughout the school.

IMG_0148We want to thank LSF for selecting our project for this award, The RBC Foundation for providing funding, and all of our special guests for attending today's assembly.


These are links to media coverage of today's award presentation:




More information about the wildlife food drive, this award, and the project that today's prize money will fund, is located here:

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Wildlife Food Drive Receives Second National Award!


Thank you for visiting our class BLOG.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to e-mail me (Margaret Black): or to add a comment to this page.

Within their Science program, Grade 5 students study "forces acting on structures." This Science unit includes reading and video viewing, hands-on building, the writing of lab. reports explaining the model building process, and a unit test.

This blog post showcases groups of students building model bridges, towers, roller coasters or strength bridges, with agreed upon materials and (in the case of strength bridges) agreed upon bridge spans.

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Here are the finished projects, which were presented to the class by each group:

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The strength bridge competition yielded some impressive results!

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This bridge was strong enough to hold a Grade 5 boy!

IMG_2333Thank you for visiting our class BLOG.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free e-mail me (Margaret Black):  mblack@scdsb.on.caor to add a comment to this page.


Rama Central P.S. has one of the largest, most diverse schoolyards in the county. We are also fortunate enough to own several sets of cross country skis and snowshoes, and students are welcome to keep Krazy Karpets at school for the winter.

Yesterday and today, our class hit the slopes in our schoolyard, for some good old-fashioned winter fun. Gym class doesn't get much better than this!

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Thank you for visiting our class BLOG.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free e-mail me (Margaret Black): or to add a comment to this page.

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