From the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance
Annual Red Deer Rebels Book Drive
Join the Red Deer Rebels and Books on the Bus for their annual book drive, February 5 at the Rebels Game at the ENMAX Centrium. Volunteers will be on-site to accept your donations of new and gently used adult paperback books, and hardcover and paperback children’s books.
Books on the Bus is a program of mobile free libraries on Red Deer Transit and BOLT buses that functions to allow passengers who might not be able to get to the public library to access reading materials. This informal borrowing method gives riders the flexibility to take home books without facing possible fines, allowing them to keep books they love or share their favourites with friends or family.
Books on the Bus began in January of 2016. The first pilot project of its kind to come to Canada, it started out with 4 city buses. In the first two years of this program, over 19,000 books were donated and distributed. The program has been able to expand from 4 buses to 12, including the BOLT buses that travel between Red Deer and Lacombe, and the Regional 2A South bus that runs to Penhold and Innisfail.
If you are not attending the game, books can also be donated at:
• Any city recreation centre
• City Hall
• Sorenson Station
• Large volume donations can be taken to the Cosmos Karma Cafe
Penhold Flight Instructor Releases Updated Instruction Manual For the 21st Century
Sky Wings Aviation founder Dennis Cooper lives to fly.
“2020 marks 50 years of flying for me,” said Cooper in a phone interview. “I was a cadet and part of the glider program but got my pilots license in 1971 at Cold Lake before I even had my drivers license.”
Cooper later earned his Commercial license under Cecil Sorenson and other seasoned ex-Canadian Air Force pilots who transferred their tremendous knowledge base. Working with Johnson Air Services and Pultz Aviation, he obtained his instrument rating and began his pilot career in earnest.
“One of the tools I had as a young pilot was the Pultz Instructor Manual and sometimes he (Pultz) would ask me questions and I would offer input,” he remembered. “The original book was a 3-ring binder and we used that format for a long time at Sky Wings as well.”
Fast forward to the present.
“With current technology, many of our students wanted the manual in an electronic form so now instead of just having a softcover book that gets scuffed, dirty and ripped we now have a hardcover AND an electronic version for use everywhere,” added the instructor. “Since the original book was written, much had changed.”
Changes to the original include an index which the first book did not have according to Cooper, modified levels of instructors, GPS information which did not exist years ago, procedures and general knowledge brought about by technology.
“We kept the artwork from the original,” said Cooper. “It’s great and captures what we wanted. We also added enhanced study and review questions based on feedback from students who have been through testing. The result is now a 558 page Instructors Manual that can follow a pilot from the beginning of their career to their end goal, no matter what that looks like.”
The new updated manual can be used in conjunction with Transport Canada publications. It can adequately prepare a commercial pilot for the Transport Canada Flight Instructor written examination, the in-flight training and ground instruction, as well as the test flight.
Priced at $99 for the hardcover and $90 for the softcover, the “Cooper Flight Instructor Manual” is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo and 3 flight suppliers at present.
“I bought Sky Wings Aviation in 1982 and even today I still feel the same when a new student flies for the first time. I am excited when our students enter the plane, travel the runway and rise into the air for the first time for their first circuit, then return,” said Cooper whose wife Sherry also teaches at the school. “I enjoy watching the transfer of knowledge from instructor to student, but most significantly, watching them conquer the air just like the Wright Brothers 118 years ago.”
Cooper is not finished yet with 3 more books ready to rewrite for the 21st century.
For more information on Sky Wings Aviation and the 9th Edition of the Cooper Flight Instructors Manual, go to:
Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools picks up $30,000.00 tab to buy laptops for at-home schooling
Photo includes, from left, Foundation Board Member Morris Flewwelling, Trustee and Foundation Board Member Bev Manning and Foundation Board Chair Dave Tilstra.
Foundation donates 90 Chromebooks to students in need
In response to this challenge, the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools, recently donated 90 Chromebooks to schools to lend to students needing access to technology, totally $30,000.
Dave Tilstra, Chair of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools, said supporting students and ensuring they have the tools to learn is key to helping set kids up for success.
“Chromebooks will continue to be an important resource within schools and now at home. We are thrilled that we have been able to donate this much needed technology to students who would otherwise go without to ensure they have the best opportunities to continue learning,” he said.
Families who borrow a Chromebook from their child’s school are responsible for ensuring they have Wi-Fi connectivity and they will ‘sign out’ the devices and assume responsibility for their proper use and return.
“Equity is about fairness. The Foundation supports projects that help give kids life chances,” said Bruce Buruma, Executive Director for the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. “Families experience challenges during the best of times, but the past number of months have been tough for many. We know this donation will help ease one burden so students can focus on learning and families can focus on other priorities.”
The Foundation supports projects that align with the Division priorities of Literacy and Numeracy, Equity and Student Success and Completion.
For more information, please contact:
- Bruce Buruma, Executive Director
- Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools
- Phone: 403-352-2827
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