Elmvale Deserves Help from Students (EDHS) Day at Heritage Park
May 11, 2023 – On May 11 six grade eleven students joined George and Ruth Allen and four eager Lioness supervisor/workers at Heritage Park in Elmvale to clean and maintain facilities. John Trace joined the work force as well. The EDHS students (Beckham Westcott, Enzo Coniglione, Jake Murphy, Edward Monck, Wyatt Aldred, and Arsh Makkar) came shortly after nine ‘ready to work’. The boys, under the supervision of the adults, cleaned and painted the road sign, weeded and worked up three flower beds, cleaned and washed kitchen shelves and utensils, weeded and groomed the path near the pavilion.
In twenty years of having students help in the park, I have never had a better student crew. As well, I must complement the sterling leadership of the Lioness who worked with enthusiasm side-by-side with the students. John Trace also was a great mentor for one of the students who helped him with the road-side sign. Ruth Allen has been a kitchen clean-up supervisor since the inception of the park.
The pandemic caused havoc with a lot of programs, including the spring clean-up in the park. It is refreshing to see the students out in the community again, making their contribution to Heritage Park maintenance and grooming.
George was at the BBQ to provide burgers and hot dogs for lunch (food paid for by the Lioness). There were no leftovers. Thanks to all! George Allen
Elmvale District High School’s Student Exchange Program
May 18, 2023 – Sixteen brave E.D.H.S students have returned from their trip from Taloyoak, Nunavut. It was an amazing and once in a lifetime experience for us. We had a very pleasant welcome at the Taloyoak Airport from students, staff and plenty of other members of the community. We learned about the traditions and culture of the people of Taloyoak such as, throat singing, square dancing and hunting.
All of the students got the chance to make their own sealskin mitts with fox fur cuffs. This was only possible with plenty of help from elders and the Netsilik students. The students also got to partake in some Arctic winter game activities such as: one foot high kick, leg wrestling, and armpull; everyone was very enthusiastic about these games.
We went on a 9 hour excursion to hunt seals. The National Film Board of Canada also joined us on the hunt while they made a documentary about food scarcity in the Arctic. Overall, our students made plenty of amazing life long friendships while on this trip.
By Hunter Pownall, Grade 11, Student Ambassador
Community Members Giving Their Time and Talent for Elmvale Foodbank
Spring has sprung and exciting things have been happening at the food bank. Many thanks go to Minesing Central School for the generous donation of food items that were collected at their recent Craft Show. The enthusiastic staff and students at Elmvale District High School put forth a Cereal Domino Challenge. They met and surpassed any expectations donating over 250 boxes of cereal to the food bank. We are very fortunate to be the recipient of proceeds from the annual Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie campaign once again this year. Sincere thanks to owners, Kim Trude and Janet Trude, and the incredible staff at Elmvale Tim Horton’s, whose organization and guidance made it not only a delight for our many volunteers to decorate cookies, but they also provided a great atmosphere in which to do so. We are grateful to Township of Springwater Mayor Coughlin and Councillors Matt Garwood, Danielle Alexander and Brad Thompson, The Elmvale Lions Club, For Sale On Georgian Bay, Keller Williams Experience Realty, The Peggy Hill Team, The Elmvale and District Food Bank Board of Directors and many members of our amazing community for giving their time and talent. The efforts of everyone involved are a testament to this terrific community and its amazing community spirit. The raised garden beds that were built by EDHS students have been moved to the front of the building and will be prepped and planted soon. We are seeking volunteers to help plant and maintain the beds throughout the growing season. Please call the food bank if you are interested in helping. 705-322-9096