Rainbow Schools Receive Student Voice Speakup Project Grants

Innovative projects are being implemented in Rainbow Schools thanks to funding provided through the Ministry of Education’s Student Voice strategy. Rainbow Schools will share a total of $16,930 in SpeakUp Project grants in the 2017-2018 school year.
Students will lead projects that make a difference in their schools while supporting the province’s renewed vision for education – achieving excellence, ensuring equity, promoting well-being and enhancing public confidence – and Rainbow District School Board’s strategic directions – reaching minds and touching hearts.
While each SpeakUp project varies from school to school, the initiatives have one thing in common – they are intended to promote student engagement and student success, whether the focus is on mental health and well-being or Indigenous education and our collective commitment to truth and reconciliation.
Espanola High and Manitoulin Secondary took part in a Peer Mental Well-Being Support Training Session in February on how to provide their peers with supports in connection with mental health.
Little Current Public School will host an Anishinaabe Culture Day.
“It’s very gratifying when students identify a need in their school, get together to brainstorm ideas, take the initiative to apply for funding, and roll up their sleeves to take action,” said Rainbow District School Board Chair Doreen Dewar. “We thank the Province of Ontario for valuing student voice and giving students an opportunity to be active participants in their education through the SpeakUp grants.”
“With the support of the Ministry of Education, we have a number of exciting projects taking place for the benefit of students in Rainbow Schools,” added Director of Education Norm Blaseg. “We commend students, with the support of the province, administrators, teachers and parents/guardians, for leading initiatives that promote well-being and foster student success.”

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