With 44 students attending 163 days of class at RMHCNA, the 2016-2017 school year was by far our busiest yet. This week was the last week of school before our summer programming officially kicks off, so I wanted to take a moment reflect on some the amazing highlights this last year has seen.

One of the biggest changes this year was the implementation classroom assistant volunteers for every school day. These dedicated volunteers worked closely with students one-on-one and in small groups to ensure they were getting the level of support they needed to help them stay caught up while they were in class here at the House.

Volunteer Joseph in the classroom with an RMHCNA House Hero.

We had other groups of volunteers come into the classroom throughout the year to put on fun and educational activities for students of all ages. One group from the Library Studies Program at MacEwan University brought in a “Makey Makey” makerspace kit and taught the students how to create a human piano using the concepts of open and closed electrical circuits.

Two House Heroes playing a human piano.

One of the biggest highlights of the year was a week spent in November learning about the importance of reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling. Our Green Week was a huge hit with the students who enjoyed creating their own robots out of reusable materials, and creating/performing their own skits on the three R’s.

Creating a robot out of reusable materials.

With a number of students attending class here at the House for extended periods of time, connecting those students with their classrooms back home becomes important. Hailey connected with her grade five class back home in Clandonald, Alberta, who were thrilled to receive a virtual tour of RMHCNA and know that their friend was learning many of the same things they were back home.

Hailey taking her class on a virtual tour of RMHCNA.

The last school field trip of the year to the Westlock Fire Station on Wednesday, June 21, was a perfect way to wrap up the school year. Lieutenant Plamondon and her crew had a full day of activities planned for us including a fire rescue relay race and a ride in the fire trucks around town. Needless to say, everyone (including me!) had a fantastic time.

House Heroes tour the Westlock Fire Station.

The RMHCNA 2016-2017 school year was filled with fun, learning, and unforgettable experiences. A HUGE thank you to all of the amazing volunteers that supported our classroom program this year. We couldn’t have provided the level of support and engagement to the students without you. Have a great summer everyone!