Bathurst Unveiling of Student Inspired Informative Panels

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On the afternoon of Friday, October 4th 2013, Bathurst residents, students and dignitaries gathered near the Basin NB Trail for the unveiling of 11 student inspired informative panels.

The panels were created using paintings and research information by grade 3-5 students part of the Terry Fox Elementary School 2011-2012 Enrichment Group. The subject at hand; wild animals and fauna.

Students part of the Grade 4 English 2011-2012 class also created QR codes for the panels which lead to websites and features the students’ research and blog about the project.

Among the attendees at the unveiling ceremony were Bathurst Mayor Stephen Brunet, Bathurst Counsellor Anne-Marie Gammon, Pabineau First Nation Chief David Peter-Paul, Terry Fox Elementary School Principal, educators & students, Daly Point Reserve coordinator Janet Doucet and representing NB Trails and MC of the event was Marketing Coordinator, Kevin Maillet.

The event began by warm words of congratulations and encouragement by dignitaries and involved parties of the project, followed by a touching spirit song. The official red ribbon cutting took place soon after and everyone was invited to go explore the trail to find the new panels. The panels are spread out on a kilometer of trail and each of them presents a unique subject.

Students were excited and amazed to see their projects come to life. The panels also served as a physical activity incentive as everyone kept going further and further along the trail to discover the next work of art. Some students even joyfully commented that they would go on the NB Trail much more because of the panels, which immediately validates the value of these kinds of projects!   

Below is a list of everyone who made this wonderful project a reality:

·         Chantal Chiasson: Guided students with research/website &opening planning

·         Gilbert Sewell: Translated names of plants and animals into Mi'kmaq

·         Grade 3,4,5 Enrichment class students from 2011-2012

·         Grade 4 English class students from 2011 - 2012

·         Janet Doucet: Initial idea and vision; workshops with students; resident expert

·         Kevin Maillet (NB Trails): Sign Design, Grand Opening Planning  & MC

·         Kimtone Enterprises: Material donation for posts

·         Lesa Scott: Technology expert, taught students/generated QR codes and links

·         Nathalie Rayne (NB Trails): Initial sign draft

·         Phyllis Grant: Taught students techniques for painting animals and plants.

·         Poul Jorgensen and Marc Landry (NB Trails): Sign installation

·         Rob Breckenridge: Guided students with research and website

·         TD Friends of the Environment Foundation: Funding

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