By mid May, the first issue of the student produced Barriere Elementary Newspaper will be in print.
Due to the excellent writing skills of several students, as well as the level of maturity that they have demonstrated, the students involved were offered the opportunity to create their own newspaper, Their facilitator, Helen Fraser, says she does very little beyond checking up on them periodically, and giving them assignments.
The work they are doing on the newspaper is part of the students Literacy Class, and besides increasing their literary skills, it will improve their self-management skills, their leadership skills, and teach them the value of teamwork; not to mention the fact that they will learn a lot about how newspapers are produced, and the requirements of good journalism.
As part of the process, the students will visit the North Thompson Star/Journal office in Barriere, to work on the computers there to put their newspaper together and get it printed.
The students are: Rebecca Quiding, Madison Kerslake, Lauren Tremblay, William Noble, Haille Smith, Brittany Waite, Daniel Stonehouse, Lane Robinson, Katie McInnes, and Kamryn Cousins.