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New summer lunch program to feed hungry children

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New summer lunch program to feed hungry children

The Food Security Working Group, a committee of the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition, will be running a pilot project in the Lindsay area centred on feeding children in the summer. The Salvation Army and the Kawartha Lakes Food Source, as part of the committee, are partnering on this project.

“This is a new and different way for us to reach out to the community,” says Heather Kirby, general manager of Kawartha Lakes Food Source, “and we are very excited to learn from this pilot.”

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Less than quarter of City residents have library card; New CEO aims to change that

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Kawartha Lakes Public Library, Lindsay. (Photo by Erin Smith.)

Only about 22 per cent of City residents have a library card – and that’s a statistic new CEO and library director for the City of Kawartha Lakes is intent on changing.

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library system will soon be undergoing a major outreach and community engagement initiative, with one of the primary goals to increase the number of library card holders, and to increase usage of its services.

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Pop-up exhibits by museum break new ground in educational programming

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Pop-up exhibits by museum break new ground in educational programming
Don Hart (representing the exhibit's sponsor G. Hart and Sons Well Drilling), Ruth Barrett (daughter of Charles Lytle, the focus of the exhibit) and Lisa Hart.

When the Olde Gaol Museum recently created a pop-up education exhibit that would travel to schools, it was a break in format for the museum that they hope will breathe new life into local history.

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One hundred days of school marked by 300 acts of kindness at Leslie Frost

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One hundred days of school marked by 300 acts of kindness at Leslie Frost
Teacher Sylvie Dugas and her Grade 1 and 2 students at Leslie Frost.

Teacher Sylvie Dugas couldn’t have known that trying out something new this year to celebrate the recent 100th day of school could yield such a cascade of positive energy.

And yet when she asked her 20 students to do five random acts of kindness in celebration of the 100th day of learning this year, two co-workers heard about the plan and ran with it, too.

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years

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School board says coding a part of learning culture for three years
Coding school areas in Kawartha Lakes, top. Tina Franzen, technology services coordinator, left.

The mounting interest and need for students to learn code has been recognized in Kawartha Lakes for three years now — and school board officials expect that interest to grow.

“Very quickly we realized the powerful and deep connections to thinking, creativity and curriculum,” says Laura Blaker, communications officer for Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

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Prepare Kawartha Lakes students as they do in Tokyo, Riyadh and London

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The Canadian economy exists on two key tenants — resource extraction and manufacturing.  But both are in trouble.

Given most resource extraction in the country is unsustainable, particularly in the face of climate change, and manufacturing continues to be exported to other countries through globalization, where does the future of a sustainable Canadian economy live?  

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

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Choose at least one book for your child for Christmas: Health Unit

Call them ‘presents’ of mind, and an opportunity to start a new holiday gift-giving tradition at your home.

Local families are encouraged to include a gift-wrapped book among the presents that children will open this holiday season.

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Local students’ top choices in universities and colleges

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What school is right for you, or your son or daughter?

Data from Trillium Lakelands District School Board shows where area students most want to go to college and university – and what they’re interested in studying.

Laura Blaker, communications officer with Trillium Lakelands District School Board, says the data was based on survey work with students. The sampling is not 100 per cent accurate, she says, “because we aren’t able to make 100 per cent contact with all of our graduates.”

However, Blaker notes that “we believe this data paints a relatively clear picture.”

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Frost student supports college teachers but anxious to return to school

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Frost student supports college teachers but anxious to return to school
Brianna Callaghan, third year environmental technology student at Fleming College.

Brianna Callaghan travelled all the way from her home on Manitoulin Island to build her education profile.

She first worked on her undergraduate degree at Trent University, and then decided to get one of Fleming College’s premier diplomas in environmental technology, at Frost Campus in Lindsay.

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

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Frost out, Celebrations in, as basic income meeting adapts to college strike

The Ontario Basic Income Network (OBIN) is in town this week and has organized a free public discussion on basic income this Friday, Nov. 3 — but it won’t be at Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay after all, because of the protracted strike.

Instead, it will be at Celebrations, at 35 Lindsay St. N., the former Cambridge Street United Church, from 3:30-5:30 pm. Registration opens at 3 pm.

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