One of the busiest spots in Lantzville is Seaview Elementary School. It is a hub of activity. This school is filled with dynamos - kids, teachers, support staff and yes, the principal, Patrick Young.
Young joined the school in January 2011 and what an asset he is. We think he is cloned - he seems to be everywhere. He referees basketball games, runs the games club, gets to know each child, leads assemblies, works with kids and teachers and deals with parents on a regular basis. He is loved by many of the kids, parents and teachers and that is wonderful to see.
Patrick told me a bit more about what is coming up this fall. Global Citizenship and festive events are starting to fill the fall schedule. Being global citizens and thinking about the role everyone plays in making the world a better place is a big part of life at Seaview. In this regard, they have already participated in the Shoreline Cleanup and the Terry Fox Run. Later in the year, the school will participate in the Christmas Shoebox program where they compile shoeboxes of Christmas cheer to be sent to a less fortunate country in the world. They will also celebrate Jump Rope for Heart where they raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and they will participate in a neighbourhood cleanup. In November, err, Movember, many of the teachers, and some students, sport the occasional mustache to help raise awareness for men's health.
Also in November, the school recognizes the sacrifices many people have made for our freedom during a Remembrance Day ceremony. A part of the ceremony is also focused on thinking about what we can do to hold "the torch" high as we work to make the world a better place.
December is full too. Readin with the little buddies and the Parent Advisory Council delivering hot chocolate, having the annual winter concert, and the always fun PAC sponsored Christmas craft night.
Patrick oversees so much, the school, teachers, support staff and of course, the kids. He loves the community and family feel of Seaview. It really is a place where everyone works together collaboratively. He says Seaview Elementary School is a fun place to learn, work and play.
I will do more about the school. So many great adults and kids there. Lots of stories in those halls.
Kim Plumley writes about Lantzville
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