Students to take part in regional heritage fair

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A number of area students will be taking part in a regional heritage fair next week.

Four students from Port Elgin Regional School and eight from Dorchester Consolidated will travel to Riverside Consolidated School in Riverside-Albert to participate in the annual heritage fair sponsored by the Historica Foundation in conjunction with the New Brunswick Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport.

Grade 4 student Dillon Murphy and Grade 5 students Emily Baxter, Nicholas Decarie and Jackson Malone were among the Grade 4 and 5 students who created heritage projects at PERS in late March.

Students to take part in regional heritage fair

A number of area students will be taking part in a regional heritage fair next week.

Four students from Port Elgin Regional School and eight from Dorchester Consolidated will travel to Riverside Consolidated School in Riverside-Albert to participate in the annual heritage fair sponsored by the Historica Foundation in conjunction with the New Brunswick Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport.

Grade 4 student Dillon Murphy and Grade 5 students Emily Baxter, Nicholas Decarie and Jackson Malone were among the Grade 4 and 5 students who created heritage projects at PERS in late March. The four were chosen from two classes to participate in the regional Heritage Fair and will be travelling to Riverside-Albert on May 8 to take part in the event.

PERS teachers Hazel Coates and Tamara Carter supervised their students projects, which were judged during the school fair. Coates said recently that the four students will represent their school at the regional fair.

From the regional fair these students, if theyre chosen, will go on to represent our school at the provincial Heritage Fair in Fredericton, and further, to the Canadian Heritage Fair which is being held in Alberta this year, Coates explained.

The students chose a variety of historical themes for their projects. Murphy depicts life in the village of Port Elgin a century ago and includes numerous old photos and a map of the village streets while Decarie chose to create his project on the Liberation of the Netherlands during WWII. Jackson Malone made a colourful and accurate project about the Confederation Bridge and Emily Baxter chose to focus on human rights worker and Canadas first woman magistrate Emily Murphy.

Students at Dorchester Consolidated School have also been busy working on heritage projects under the supervision of social studies teachers Don Peters and Janet MacKinnon.

On March 1, the school invited the public to view their work and during the event four projects were chosen to represent the school at the regional heritage fair on May 8.

Grade 7 students Erica Lowerison, Cody Crossman and Kirsten Pilgrim created their project on Inuit Life and Rights while brother and sister Ashley (Grade 8) and Jordan (Grade 6) Cormier feature Early Dorchester in their combined project. Grade 8 student Tanner Tower highlights the marsh barns in his entry and Grade 7 student John Milner completed his project on the Underground Railway in Canada.

Winner of the 2006 Regional Heritage Fair Jeff LeBlanc, a Grade 6 student at DCS, will also attend the May 8 event in Riverside-Albert as a special guest. As regional winner last year, Jeff spent an all-expenses-paid week in Halifax where he represented District 2 at the national heritage fair. This year, his project, which will be on display only, will feature the Expulsion of the Acadians.

DCS students have taken part in the annual Heritage Fair for several years, as part of their regular social studies curriculum.

This year the school was fortunate to receive a funding grant to assist with their attendance at the regional fair through the New Brunswick Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport.

Organizations: Port Elgin Regional School, New Brunswick Department of, Riverside Consolidated School Dorchester Consolidated School Historica Foundation Grade 4 Canadian Heritage Fair Underground Railway

Geographic location: Riverside-Albert, Canada, Fredericton Alberta Port Elgin Netherlands Jordan Halifax

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