By Ian Croft
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Education Week is an opportunity for schools in Alberta to celebrate learning and invite family members of students as well as other members of the communities into the school and show how students are being educated. The first celebration of this week was in 1928 and will be occurring this year from May 2-6.
“Its intended focus, provincially, was to bring about the attention of public schools and the things that are happening in schools,” said Wilco Tymensen, superintendent of Horizon School Division.
When asked about what education week is, Tymensen replied, “It’s an opportunity where we can brag/share all the great things that kids are doing, but it is also an opportunity where schools can share with the community and with parents about what are the things that kids are learning, what we are celebrating. Just building, strengthening, and fostering relationships that’s really the key piece of the week. I would say that, for this particular year, it’s really around learning as a journey and I think when you look back over the last couple of years, there’s probably been a disconnect between the schools and parents and our community.”
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