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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


St. A enthusiasm ignites Heritage Fair By Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye One Ponoka school is creating a new generation of history lovers with a Heritage School Fair. Grade 4 students at St. Augustine Catholic School presented their research of Canadian history and were judged on how well their work was displayed. Teacher Kari Brackenbury was pleased to see the final presentation of students’ work. “They love it. They are so excited and enthused.” The process involved coming up with an idea, having a research plan and fulfilling that with a bibliography and a strong presentation. “They initiate their own learning,” added Brackenbury. The project covered the scope of the Grade 4 students’ curriculum and kids completed their work in school every day over the last six weeks. Based on the input from her students, Brackenbury intends to do this again next year. The Heritage School Fair is part of a program organized by the Central Alberta School Fairs (CASF), explained Rod Trentham, co-chair of the group. “We’ve never had Ponoka involved before this.” He enjoyed seeing students’ work and the amount of energy put into the project. His hope for the school fairs is to give kids an opportunity to study something they enjoy. “It’s to stimulate an increase (of interest) for all kinds of learners,” said Trentham. Work was based on 70 points with 20

points on research, 20 on interview, 10 on aesthetics, 10 on written work and 10 on creativity and originality. “The biggest thing is presenting it.” He sees other benefits besides the learning, students also have a chance to hone their interview and research skills. Rob Lennard is director of CASF and he is also an author, musician and historian; he oversees and promotes the heritage fairs. “I love history, I’m very passionate about it.” He is also known as the History Wrangler and enjoys passing on his joy of history to younger people. The heritage fairs are another way for kids to learn about the past. “It’s an opportunity for kids to really become an expert on something,” added Lennard. “And to trigger enthusiasm for history in the province.” The heritage fair had a wide variety of Canadian history from the Calgary Stampede to the building of the railways and the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. Some students dressed up to match their theme. Students have the option to present their work at the Central Alberta Regional Heritage School Fair May 4 at the Red Deer Museum. Lennard also presented his music and stories to students from kindergarten to Grade 6 at the school.

Spa aids cancer research By Amelia Naismith The first ever spring Spa-tacular day, recently hosted by Altitude Laser Spa, was so popular a fall event is already being talked about for October. “We thought we’d try something a little bit different,” said assistant manager Brooke Wiancko. An estimated 60 women attended the event and proceeds will be donated to Dr. Jennifer Spratlin, an oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, for her research on stomach cancer. Spratlin is conducting one of four phase 1 clinical trials at the institute. “We kind of tried to pick a charity that hit close to home for us,” said Wiancko. Laser Altitude Spa teamed up with the Wolf Creek Golf Resort to host the event and Wiancko says spa activities took over the club house that day. The upstairs portion of the build-

ing transformed into a replica spa where customers could receive services such as manicures or pedicures. “We had the restaurant turned into the product area,” said Wiancko. The event also featured sessions and live demonstrations. Jane Iredale, a pure mineral and chemical-free makeup line, held a live makeup demonstration, which was presented onto a projection screen. The CEO of Beauty Through Balance, an all-natural spa line, also attended the event. “Everybody really liked that one,” said Wiancko. Wiancko finds woman in central Alberta are becoming more and more health conscience, which is why the lunch highlighted a build your own salad bar with mini sandwiches — and dessert of course. “It went really well, you could kind of wander around and do your own thing,” said Wiancko to summarize the inaugural event.

WITH THANKS Bob Tiltgen, has been a member of the East Parkland volunteer board since 2010. His dedication to the economic & business development of the Ponoka area in particular, & the East Parkland region in general, is greatly appreciated.

Caelan Steffen dresses the part for his presentation of Building the Railway. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

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Ponoka News, April 24, 2013  

April 24, 2013 edition of the Ponoka News

Ponoka News, April 24, 2013  

April 24, 2013 edition of the Ponoka News