Carbon School has started the school year off strong by debuting new programs in their rural school.
"We have a French program in our school now. We have a new staff member who is an expert in French, so she is going to be teaching French to our grade 3-9 students. So we are pretty excited about that. That is a new thing to our school so having a second language is always a big deal at a rural school," explained associate Principal Marci Steen.
Steen goes on to say that enrollment numbers are down in the school, but moral is still strong in the students and staff alike.
"We are having a theater troupe come in. And they are going to work with our entire student body, grades K-9 and we are going to develop an environmentally related theatrical production, and everybody in the whole school is going to be involved in some way. They are here for 5 days, and then on Friday afternoon, we are going to present to the public. We are really excited about that," continued Steen.
The school received an Artists in Education Grant from the Alberta Government to fund the project. Programs like these are not usually found in rural schools, which is something Carbon School has made a point of changing.
"We get our Accountability Pillar Surveys every year and those are things that come up as needs in our school because it is taught when you don't have an expert on staff that is in drama or French," said Steen. "It is tough to have those kids who have those interests and really get them involved. We do our best but sometimes we have to go out of the walls to do that.
Carbon's Junior high student just came back from a 3-day leadership camp at the 4H camp by Pigeon Lake where they participated in initiative tasks and team building.