Town of Grimshaw nominated by PRSD and HFCRD for Friends of Education Award
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September 13, 2017 –Earlier this afternoon, Peace River School Division (PRSD) and Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) presented the Town of Grimshaw with the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone One ‘Friends of Education Award’ at the ASBA Zone One Awards Banquet.’ The Friends of Education Award recognizes individuals or groups who have made a special contribution to education and student learning.
The Town of Grimshaw was nominated by PRSD and HFCRD for the provincial award for their overall support in education and because of their partnership, generosity and collaboration with the Grimshaw Shared School Facility Project. The recently completed project includes a K-12 public school, K-9 Catholic school, public library, community theatre, atrium and shared Career and Technology spaces which are attached to Mile Zero Regional Multiplex in Grimshaw.
“The Town of Grimshaw is a true partner in education and are is very deserving of this award” says HFCRD’s Board Chair Kelly Whalen. “From day one they have been very open to the idea of the schools being attached to the multiplex and because of their openness, vision, collaboration and generosity, students, and the community have an incredible facility in the heart of their community.”
In addition to the town’s partnership with the Grimshaw Shared Schools Project, they were also celebrated for their work in maintaining school parking lots, developing baseball diamonds, recognizing students for Volunteer of the Month, partnership in municipal/trustee elections, flexibility in the use of the public swimming pool facilities, supporting the school bus safety campaign, and their involvement with the Grimshaw Public School’s student leadership team and their contributions toward the lunch program and school supplies at Holy Family School.
“The Town of Grimshaw is very community-minded and step to the plate to serve in a multitude of ways” says PRSD’s Board Chair Darren Kuester. “They have been very supportive of the Grimshaw Public School student leadership team’s initiatives and gave their blessing and support when the students approached them requesting to lead and host various community events such as the Community Christmas event and the Community Garage Sale. What a powerful message and experience for students to have such support and involvement from their local elected officials.”
The Town of Grimshaw council members and the CAO were recognized at the Belle Petroleum Centre in Peace River with nominees from other school boards in northern Alberta.