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Lakeside Academy welcomes community support


Lakeside Academy in Buchans may be a small school but it is doing big things with help from its students, teaching and support staff, as well as the towns people of Buchans, Buchans Junction and Millertown.

Even before the school year began, a fun softball tournament was held during the Labour Day weekend to celebrate the life of former graduate Amber Chippett. Amber passed away in an accident on the Buchans Highway in September 2015.

Funds raised through a skate-a-thon made it possible to present two $1,000 scholarships to 2016 graduates Nathan Budden and Kylee Peters.

“We are hoping to do it again this year,” said Amber’s mom Michelle Chippett.

 

Positive

Principal Barbara Rideout is pleased with a great start to the school year so far.

The school year started off with the annual Parking Lot Party that featured music, food and fireworks for all the students and their families. The Buchans Volunteer Fire Department showed their support by supervising the fireworks.

“PBIS” is an acronym for Positive Behaviour Intervention Support and it is what Lakeside Academy is trying to teach and live by.

Rideout says PBIS includes students from all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12. One of the ways this positive behaviour is taught is by showing students what they can do.

Even before the school year began, a fun softball tournament was held during the Labour Day weekend to celebrate the life of former graduate Amber Chippett. Amber passed away in an accident on the Buchans Highway in September 2015.

Funds raised through a skate-a-thon made it possible to present two $1,000 scholarships to 2016 graduates Nathan Budden and Kylee Peters.

“We are hoping to do it again this year,” said Amber’s mom Michelle Chippett.

 

Positive

Principal Barbara Rideout is pleased with a great start to the school year so far.

The school year started off with the annual Parking Lot Party that featured music, food and fireworks for all the students and their families. The Buchans Volunteer Fire Department showed their support by supervising the fireworks.

“PBIS” is an acronym for Positive Behaviour Intervention Support and it is what Lakeside Academy is trying to teach and live by.

Rideout says PBIS includes students from all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 12. One of the ways this positive behaviour is taught is by showing students what they can do.

“We are just trying find things that we could give back, paying it forward – that’s what we are trying to do,” Rideout explained. “In the past PBIS, what it used to be was, we would reward them for things on our behaviour matrix – but they know they need to be polite, they know they need to open doors for people they know and rewarding them for that. . .  they didn't really care for that very much. So now we’re trying to give back so that they feel more. It’s all about empathy and being nice to each other.”

So events were held such as Walk to Breakfast and Walk for Wishes where $1100 was raised for each. For that event students went door to door within the three communities and perhaps beyond to collect funds.

Their next endeavour brought their thoughts to people outside their local sphere – children in particular — who benefit from their participation in the well-known Operation Christmas Child shoebox project sponsored through Samaritan’s Purse.

With this project, the primary/elementary PBIS team was targeted. On Nov. 4 those students who had taken shoeboxes, returned them to the school with enthusiasm.   Rideout said one child was so excited that he would make another child his age happy at Christmas, he was “positively beaming”. 

In all, 13 boxes were filled with school supplies, hygiene items and toys. Students who didn’t fill boxes were encouraged to drop single items as well to become part of other shoeboxes.

“We’re trying to find things that they can do good,” Rideout said, “One of the kids said why don’t we put up a Christmas tree and just ask people to bring in mittens and socks to hang on the tree just have it blank – we can do that, it doesn't take a lot of work.  That’s what we are trying to teach them to be positive models for the world.”

The “Jamorama” day for the Janeway Children’s Hospital was held Oct. 21 with students and teachers gladly paying their $2 each for the pleasure of wearing comfy pyjamas throughout the school day.

Generosity

As well as doing good for others, the school and its students are on the receiving end of the generosity of the towns Lakeside Academy covers. They have received tremendous support in their annual book fair – which was appropriately themed “Bookeneer Book Fair – Where books are the treasure!” – and their recent “Cookie Dough and Muffin Mix” campaign.

The Community Choir and Friends annual concert will be held in just under a month’s time. Funds raised in previous years has seen the purchase of benches for the corridors and picnic tables for outside the school.

“They put a lot of time and dedication into the concert,” Rideout said. “They are at the school every week practicing – it takes a lot of dedication. It’s nice to see what has been purchased from their donation, because people can go by and say ‘I helped purchase that.’”

Every year fundraising for the graduation class begins early so that the funds are in place for the event long before the event. This year is no exception. Decorating is different now due to fire regulations, plastic decorations – though probably the most colourful and cheapest option for the ceiling — are no longer acceptable. Enter the newly popularized Chase the Ace phenomenon.

“We have got to have fire-retardant material which is a little bit more costly of course. What we’re doing is fund raising in the name of graduation but we are buying white, so that every year we’ll be able to use it,” the principal said. “Somebody brought Chase the Ace to our attention, that another school was doing it so we said, ‘Okay lets give it a shot and try.’ it’s all through the lottery board.”

The graduating class also gets support at the James Hornell Boys and Girls Club where a prize bingo was held recently.

 

Successful

Lakeside Academy is one of the many schools that can boast a successful Breakfast Program as well. Volunteers from the community come in each morning to help out.  A Breakfast Blitz is underway where any person wanting to donate items for the program can drop them off at the schools main office.

Upcoming events include Community Choir and Friends Concert Dec. 6; Christmas Program Dec.17 and the school Christmas Dinner, Dec. 21.

“We have our Christmas dinner for all the students and staff,” Rideout said. “The school council decided they will be cooking a turkey dinner and they will be asking people in the community to help out in cooking and serving it.

“We’ve got great supportive towns. Whatever we do, they support us 100 per cent. It is amazing the amount of money that the towns help us with.”

On a couple of other positive notes, Rideout said on Nov. 3 technicians brought the new Internet fibre cable as far as the school.

“It isn’t hooked up yet, but it is coming,” she said with delight.

The school is also proud of former student Tylor Boone, one of the 70 volunteers from MUN who make up the 2016 Enactus Memorial.  Their project “Project Sucseed”, will see at-risk youth in St. John’s build custom-designed hydroponic growing systems, an affordable and easy way to grow fresh produce indoors in water, regardless of the climate’.

Perhaps Tylor’s win in 2002 for the top Grade 7 entry in the province in the YMCA/YWCA Enterprise Centre “Market Your Thoughts” business essay competition was a sign of things to come. That competition involved identifying a business opportunity they believed could work in the province.

 

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