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Grade 3 teacher at Barrie Wilson Elementary nominated by Red Deer Public Schools for Provincial Honour

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  • Grade 3 teacher Randi Cummerford with student at Ecole Barrie Wilson Elementary

    From Red Deer Public Schools

    Edwin Parr nominee is following the footsteps of her biggest inspirations!

    It is often said that teachers have one of the greatest influences on a child’s life.

    Randi Cummerford’s passion to pursue a career in education was inspired by the teachers in her life.  A Grade 3 teacher at Barrie Wilson Elementary, she is Red Deer Public’s nominee for the prestigious Edwin Parr Teacher Award this year.

    Each year the Alberta School Boards Association honours six outstanding first-year teachers with the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. School boards may nominate any first-year K to 12 teacher who has taught in an Alberta school jurisdiction which is a member of the ASBA.

    “It’s common for teachers to come from a teaching family, but I don’t. The people who inspired me were teachers in my life, so that is what brought me to the teaching profession. With the great group of kids that I have, it feels like this is where I need to be,” she said. “It’s also awesome to be able to work in Red Deer. I feel very, very lucky to be able to stay here in the community that I grew up in.”

    Students in Cummerford’s class were excited to hear the news of her nomination and describe her as sweet, kind and helpful.

    “It’s rewarding to see the growth from the students. This is because of the community that we have in the classroom and in our school – our students work with a growth mindset and they are there to help each other. They are growing as a collective, because they are all helping one another and that is what it is all about – to help each other be successful, to push each other and to make mistakes and learn from them.”

    Cummerford said there are many aspects about her job that she loves, but there is one that stands out.

    “It’s developing those relationships with the kids. They are excited to see me on Monday morning and tell me about their weekend, and I love hearing the things that they do and the awesome work they are doing in the community as well.”

    She added she is grateful to be part of a supportive team at Barrie Wilson.

    “It’s because of the team at the school – that is how I got to where I am. I feel like it is because of the awesome people in this building that I have made it this far in the nomination.”

    Principal Chris Good, who nominated Cummerford, said she is a fantastic addition to the school.

    “Randi is a quiet teacher, but she has a big impact not only in her class, but in the school as well,” he said. “She has a challenging classroom, but she works hard to ensure she meets the needs of all kids. She does a lot of innovative things in her classroom and she pushes the boundaries of learning and making sure all the kids are engaged all the time.”

    “It was exciting to see the enthusiasm and creativity demonstrated by the group of nominees. It is evident that they are highly focused on finding engaging ways to ensure all students are learning,” said Nicola Golby, Associate Superintendent of Learning Services with Red Deer Public Schools.


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    Come see the planes and the cars at Props and Pistons – Part 2

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  • The Red Deer Airport is happy to once again host the Props and Pistons Show and Shine, May 26thin support of the Red Deer Food Bank. Last year, with thousands in attendance, the Red Deer Airport was able to raise $4,035.29 Cash, and 2,305 lbs of food in a short 5 hours! With Airplanes and vehicles on display, and dozens of food trucks on site, it is a fantastic way to spend the day and explore the many businesses that reside at the Red Deer Airport (including flying schools, fire suppression, general aviation, and civil air search and rescue!). This year’s event will also feature a few special aviation guests who are sure to please the crowd!

    As always, parking is free at the Red Deer Airport, and admission to this event is a cash or food donation for our Red Deer Food Bank. There will be trophies awarded for Fan Voted favorites in Aviation and Vehicle categories!

    Looking to learn more about ways the Red Deer Airport was able to give back to the community in 2018? Visit our AGM on May 9thfor more information, and your chance to win Gift Certificates from Swoop, Westjet, and Sunwing Vacations!

    For any questions regarding the Props and Pistons Show and Shine, or our AGM held May 9th, please feel free to contact Nicole Holinaty at n.holinaty@flyreddeer.com, or 403-352-1908.


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    Massive Food Bank Drive in South Red Deer this Saturday

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  • Submitted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 

    Spring Food Drive a Big Help for Red Deer Food Bank

    Red Deer families volunteer their time in massive South Red Deer food drive taking place this week.

    The cupboards are getting very bare at the Red Deer Foodbank. Alberta’s economic downturn has been challenging for Central Alberta families and many have turned to the Red Deer Food Bank for help. “This past year, the Red Deer Food Bank helped more than 20,000 people,” says Alice Kolisnyk, Deputy Director of the Red Deer Food Bank. “The food is going out as fast as it’s coming in. We always see an increase in donations at Christmas, but those donations are depleted now.”

    A spring food drive organized by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Red Deer has become an important way for the Red Deer Food Bank to stock its shelves. Bags will be delivered to the doorsteps of homes on the south side of the city this week and they will be picked up on Saturday April 27 between 10 am and 12 noon and delivered to the Red Deer Food Bank.

    The spring food drive is absolutely crucial for us,” Kolinsky says. “So many families need help to make ends meet – 35 to 40 percent of our clients are children.”

    All south-area residents are reminded to please support the food bank by leaving a food donation on their doorstep this Saturday. Anyone whodoes not get a yellow bag in their mailbox next week is more than welcome to bring donations to the Bower chapel (3002 47th Ave) between 10 am and noon on Saturday, April 27.

    We do a fall food drive in the north half of the city and a spring food drive in the south half of the city every year,” says Allison Strate, Red Deer Stake Food Drive Coordinator. “Red Deer citizens have been very generous and together the two food drives typically bring in between 18,000 -20,000 kg of food.” The Red Deer Food Bank is hoping that Red Deer residents will support this food drive, so they can continue to do the important work of assisting Central Alberta families.


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