Rainy River District School Board recognizes International Day of Pink

The Rainy River District School Board is committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for all of its students. The School Board recognizes that the International Day of Pink – April 9, 2014 – highlights an issue of critical importance, and as such, schools throughout the District will celebrate the Day of Pink with the launch of an online bullying incident report for students to use if they are experiencing or witnessing bullying at school.

‘Day of Pink’ challenge issued

By Heather Latter, Fort Frances Times Ltd.

The local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association is issuing a challenge to the rest of the community—to stand up against bullying and show your support by participating in this year’s “International Day of Pink” on April 9.
“It’s a day to promote anti-bullying—to stand up and actually make a visible statement against bullying,” explained Nancy Daley-Fulton.
She added it’s also a day aimed against discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia in schools and communities.
The “Day of Pink” got its start in Nova Scotia back in 2007.
“David Shepherd and Travis Price saw a student being bullied in their high school and supported the student by getting everyone at school to wear pink in support of him,” Daley-Fulton explained.
The initiative resulted in an effort to support peers internationally with resources and ways to make their schools safer, she added.

OPP Northwest region hosts youth summer camp

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) North West Region will be hosting the 6th Annual OPP North West Region Youth Summer Camp from August 19 – 24, 2012 at Sunny Cove Camp in the Rainy River District.

School clubs still focusing on kindness

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 - 1:18pm
By Heather Latter, Staff writer, Fort Frances Times Ltd.

Called “Friends of Rachel” (FOR) Clubs, groups of students from eight different schools across Rainy River District continue to spread the theory that “if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same.”
Those words, written by Rachel Scott shortly before her death in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, are the basis for the program “Rachel’s Challenge,” which was presented to local students back in the fall.
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“It’s just so important to treat people with respect,” said Jarrod Ball, president of the FOR Club at Robert Moore School here.
“I am so proud of all the students,” he added. “I have seen a big difference in the school this year.”

Chain of kindness

Students at Robert Moore School in Fort Frances paraded a lengthy paper chain around the school. Each link in the chain represented an act of kindness performed by a student over the course of the school year since last fall when it was presented the program "Rachel's Challenge" last fall. It's one of several schools in the Rainy River district to start Friends of Rachel clubs.


Fantastic job

Wednesday, 2 May 2012 - 12:58pm

Dear Mike:

The Celebrating Diversity committee here has been doing a fantastic job presenting the “Respect” campaign around town, informing our community of the importance of respect.
Some of the directors here at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. had an opportunity to receive this free presentation and we found it helpful and inspiring.
Trudy McCormick and Steve Latimer did a wonderful job presenting and keeping us engaged. We plan on sharing the presentation to all our employees.
Here at Riverside, we support the “Respect” campaign and are appreciative of the committee taking the time to share it with us.

Yours truly,

Nicke Baird
Fort Frances, Ont.

‘Best Buddies’ back at FFHS

Wednesday, 9 November 2011 - 1:40pm
By Heather Latter, Staff writer, Fort Frances Times Ltd.

The “Best Buddies” program, a national, charitable organization dedicated to enhancing communities through friendships between people with and without disabilities, is back up and running at Fort Frances High School.
No longer spearheaded by Community Living Fort Frances and District, students and staff at the school have revitalized the program with a strong school-based focus.
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“It’s a really good way to encourage inclusion, acceptance of diversity, and to create a caring culture for the school,” noted staff advisor Michelle Mosbeck, saying “Best Buddies” provides opportunities for people who have been marginalized and isolated to find their place among their peers.

‘Respect’ campaign launched

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 - 2:25pm
By Heather Latter, Staff writer, Fort Frances Times Ltd.

Several members of local businesses and organizations were on hand at Boston Pizza here last Thursday morning as the Celebrating Diversity Committee launched its “Resect” campaign to the public.
The presentation, entitled “Six Steps to a More Respectful Community,” aimed to help initiate conversations about diversity amongst the participants.
“It’s all about raising people’s awareness of the issues around diversity and the importance of respecting difference,” explained committee chair Trudy McCormick.
“Creating a respectful community is everyone’s
responsibility,” she stressed.
McCormick continued by offering the six steps developed so that people can be more respectful members of the community in which we live and work.
She added respect matters because respect has a real impact.

Businesses to receive ‘Respect’ presentations

Wednesday, 21 September 2011 - 12:44pm
By Heather Latter, Staff writer, Fort Frances Times Ltd.

The local Celebrating Diversity Committee will be moving ahead with its promotion of the “Respect Campaign” to area businesses and organizations just as soon as more presenters are trained to offer the workshop.
“We identified that we really didn’t have enough folks to be doing it,” noted committee chair Trudy McCormick. “But a number of people volunteered to be trained to do the presentations.
“So hopefully soon, we will have a group of people trained to be able to deliver the presentation because the way it’s designed, you need at least two presenters,” she explained.
Three committee members developed a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Six Steps to a More Respectful Community,” which aims to initiate conversations about diversity.

Student team starts up at FFHS

Drawing students from all aspects of the school, a student leadership team is starting up at Fort Frances High School as a way to co-ordinate the many groups and clubs there.“We’ll be like a collective hub for everybody and we’ll be able to support all the groups,” explained Tanner Bell, who initiated the newly-established leadership team.“We have a number of different groups that do leadership-type activities, so what we’re trying to do is create an umbrella group so we are co-ordinating and helping each other out,” echoed Carla Magisano, one of the school’s vice-principals.Some of the groups that will be represented on the student leadership team include the “mentoring committee,” which focuses on helping to transition Grade 8 students into high school, “natural helpers,” a network of students in the school who help other students with their social problems, and “Best Buddies,” a program dedicated to enhancing communities through friendships between people with and without disabilities.
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