FREDERICTON (GNB) – Funding grants totaling $500,000 have been awarded to eight high schools as part of the Canada 150 High School Legacy project.

“This project is intended to inspire our young people to act on a social issue in conjunction with a non-profit organization,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. “Congratulations to all of the students taking part for their passion and willingness to help others.”

Grade 9-12 students were invited to submit a proposal that addresses a community and/or provincial issue that provides an opportunity to reflect their school’s commitment, capabilities, and actions as a member of the community. The successful recipients will work with a non-profit organization to complete a project.

The top project selected to receive $150,000 was submitted by Polyvalente Thomas-Albert and Club Richelieu: “LaForest en Action!”

Seven other schools and their partners will receive $50,000 for their projects:

  • Cambridge-Narrows Community School and Cambridge Home and School Association: The Tamarack Gardens;
  • Grand Manan Community School and Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc.: Clean, Green Grand Manan;
  • Cité des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany  et le secrétariat de la jeunesse d’Edmundston: Place des jeunes – Un endroit sécuritaire où bouger, étudier, relaxer;
  • Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain et la fondation Samuel-de-Champlain Inc: Classe extérieure du projet CENA;
  • École l’Odyssée et Food Depot Alimentaire Inc. : Jardin de l’Olympe;
  • North and South Esk Regional High School and Miramichi Community Food Bank: NSER Community Farm: Helping Cobras Grow;
  • Woodstock High School and Meduxnekeag River Association Inc.: School Climate Action Adaptation and Implementation.

“This Canada 150 project is an opportunity for our high school students to become more engaged in their communities,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “I encourage all New Brunswickers to continue celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary and our rich culture.”

The government’s 10-year education plans aim to improve educational outcomes and better prepare young people for the future. They set objectives in priority areas to create lifelong learners, support educational leaders and bring stability to the system. Fostering leadership, active citizenship and an entrepreneurial mindset in order to develop socially responsible citizens who feel connected to their communities are included among the objectives of both plans.