Aurora Middle School in Lac La Biche has received a large donation from Enbridge to support the Youth Achievement Program (YAP). The energy company presented the school with a cheque for $15,000 on October 1st.
Board Chair Arlene Hrynyk says it’s impressive to see the oil industry still supporting school programming in a tough economic year. “Northern Lights is very fortunate to have the large amount of support that we do from industry partnerships for programming across our division.”
“We asked some of the students to talk about what their highlights are in the Youth Achievement Program,” Hrynyk says the wide variety of responses, from the students, really moved her, “it wasn’t just, ‘I get to get outta class’, it was, ‘I’m getting to learn, it’s making me think about what I’m going to do with my life beyond school.'” These statements really moved Hrynyk, noting that the kids were in middle school and already contemplating their futures, “it’s remarkable to see the impact it is having on our children.”
NLSD is very appreciative of the support from Enbridge and other industry partners, “certainly, it’s amazing to see in the downturn of the economy, that our partners are still supporting these programs, because they see the value of our programming to our children.” This is the fourth year Enbridge has supported the YAP, their $15,000 donation this year brings their total contributions to the program to $60,000.
In a release from NLSD Community Engagement Advisor for Enbridge, Shauna Durelle, is quoted, “Programs like YAP are truly at the heart of the community, offering students opportunities like this keeps the excitement around education alive and well. Enbridge is committed to supporting communities where we live and operate to be vibrant, sustainable place to live.”
The Youth Achievement Program at Aurora Middle School provides students with hands-‐on learning opportunities that expose them to a variety of careers, including the trades. The career exploration activities are tied to curriculum, so students learn math, science and social studies at the same time and are able to see the link between what they are learning in school and their potential career path. **NLSD