Municipal councils thanked for service

St. Andrew’s School Grade 6 students Kelly Cox, left, and Mackenna Lamouche, thanked Big Lakes County council with a powerpoint presentation at the council meeting Jan. 24.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Students at a High Prairie school have again expressed their appreciation to municipal councils.

Big Lakes County councillors were thanked by Grade 6 students of St. Andrew’s School at its regular meeting Jan. 24.

Kelly Cox and Mackenna Lamarche gave a slideshow presentation to thank council and each member for their contributions.

“You all represent an amazing area,” they said in their presentation.

“This area wouldn’t be this amazing without you and your hard work that you all put into this land.

“We will be talking about how much hard work and effort that you put into Big Lakes County, and how much everyone appreciates you and thanks all of you for everything you have done,” they added.

Cox and Lamarche said it was a pleasure to learn about government as they ended their presentation.

“Again, thank you so much,” they said.

“All of you make our county amazing.”

They hoped council appreciated their efforts.

“It was an honour for us to be here today with everyone.”

About 40 Social Studies students of teacher Fran Caudron crammed into council chambers for their 20-minute visit.

Students were busy as they watched the meeting and wrote notes about things they noticed and were curious about, she says.

Students were instructed to write questions they hoped to get answers for, in a letter to council they later wrote back at school.

“Students are learning about the three levels of government, from municipal, to provincial and federal, and the council meeting was a way to see local government in action,” Caudron says.

“The visit to the county is a wonderful way of connecting their lives with what goes on at the municipal government level and to develop an appreciation for what our elected government representatives and the people who work for the county do for their communities.”

Every student produced a slideshow, then the class selected the one they thought best represented the information they learned, Caudron says.

Students also toured the county administrative building and were treated to a pizza lunch with council and several of the administrators and employees.

Earlier in the day, students toured the Town of High Prairie office and asked questions to Mayor Brian Panasiuk and Councillor Brian Gilroy.

A slideshow presentation was also made for the High Prairie town council and was presented to Gilroy. It is scheduled to be shown at the next council meeting Feb. 13.


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