Friday, January 05, 2007
Their system must be way better than ours??? Look who we ended up with????
Went today for a cat-scan and the verdict is now in............
Wish us luck - Surgery tomorrow morning, Shebee is being additted in the morning.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Richardson and I got to tell you, I met him and feel very good about the outcome, We had a little laugh when I told him I'm handling it with strengh because I have gone through it a couple of times myself.
so I thought I had knew the procedure from start to finish except for the surprise I got when he said, No Tim she did just a bit worst than you did, I will have to put a few pins in to try and correct a problem.
Which to my second surprise shook me up more than shebee!.
She certainly does have a special strengh within.
Charlie, Sheana wants me to send you a couple of pictures tomorrow so I will when we get back.
Tim & Shebee....
How many people works in that field anyway???
Anyone with an answer?
I took a few pictures and decided to take a picture upstairs but this time around I wasn’t allowed to take a photo inside the room.
I took this picture a few days ago.
The security guy told me in a polite way that I wasn’t allowed.
It was the same guy I bumped into a few days before.
This time around his attitude looked a little different. I noticed his eyes were different.
I asked - You have been here for days in this big crowd? You looked tired! What do you think about all this?
He quickly turned his head and said - No comment.
He wasn’t allowed to discuss the situation.
There was something different but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
But I found out a few minutes later.
I was told that the young guy was Dan Bussieres's son!!!!!!...lol....
I didn’t recognize him because the last time I saw the guy was in front of the Legislature three years ago.
He sure has grown and he looks just like and acts like his Dad....lol
What must have happened is this?
Dan Bussieres checks this blog around five times per day < maybe more > and he must have seen the pictures and asked his son about me being there?
Small world isn’t it???
The son acted just like his Father by the way he wouldn’t disclose any information.
He looks like a nice guy.
Going to the line up?
They forced the citizens to stand outside because it could be a fire hazard.
These people are lucky Global warming is here because it’s always windy and very cold in that area.
It’s raining out there and I wonder if the people are still lined up outside in the rain?
JAMIE IRVING CONTINUE TO BRAINWASH THE READERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WRITE LETTERS AGAINST THIS SAD SYSTEM!!!!! THE SENATE MUST INVESTIGATE!!!!
Students at Prince Charles School are benefiting from the Partnerships Assisting Local Schools program, initiated to help children become productive adults by using mentoring as a tool to develop educational and social skills. The program has produced positive results at the school.
Mentoring program provides building blocks to success
Published Friday January 5th, 2007
Appeared on page C1
Editor's Note: What follows is the second in a series of six articles reporting on a local initiative that uses mentoring as a tool to tackle poverty and illiteracy in Saint John.
For those who haven't heard about the good work volunteers associated with the Partnerships Assisting Local Schools (PALS) program are doing at Prince Charles School, read these teasers:
Since PALS' inception six years ago, 50 per cent more alumni of the Union Street school are graduating from high school.
Families that, in the past, would never have dreamed of sending their children to this inner-city school are instead, singing its praises.
And on the social front, vandalism at the mall next door has all but disappeared.
Not bad - not bad at all.
Prince Charles is the flagship for PALS, and is the template for how schools and corporations can team up and help pave the way for children to become productive adults.
Since 140 employees from J.D. Irving, Limited employees teamed up with the kindergarten to Grade 8 school six years ago, more students are finishing their education, says principal Don Britten, who has been tracking the progress of his former students during their high school years.
A half dozen years ago, only 40 per cent of Prince Charles students were graduating from high school; today, that has increased to 60 per cent.
On top of that, says vice-principal Lynn Rector, over the past two years, three or four families in the neighbourhood that would normally not have considered sending their children to what once was perceived as a tough, have-not school have decided it's the right place for them after all.
"It's made it a more homogeneous mix," says Rector.
Prince Charles serves the city centre where up to 48 per cent of families are poor, according to Statistics Canada. Of the school's 200 students, 60 to 80 show up for a free breakfast that's served every day to any student who wants it, no questions asked.
"They enjoy their breakfast here. They're looking for that contact with the volunteers who send them off to the morning to their classes, happy and just feeling good about their day," says Rector. "They come to the office looking for their mentors. They just light up when they see them. They put a dance in their step and away they go."
Before J.D. Irving, Limited joined forces with the school, there was a mere handful of volunteers helping out, said Rector. "There were four from the church (Calvary Temple) who came to do breakfast a couple mornings a week and that would have been it," she said.
"Today, there are people in and out all the time, reading with children," she says. "You notice the difference in their literacy and math skills."
Every week, nearly 40 children take advantage of one-on-one sessions with reading tutors.
"Gradually, literacy skills have improved and children are willing to work at it," said Rector. "Before, they'd just say 'it's too hard.' We now have children who are trying and persevering. Students who were planning not to finish school are going on and planning to finish school. That's a real difference. Children are talking in terms of 'when I finish school,' instead of 'if I finish school.' "
Rector doesn't have specific numbers but says that, during provincial testing, more students are falling within the 'appropriate' range for their literacy skills.
"It isn't that it's not still an area that needs growth, but before we probably never would have had any 'strong' performance, and now we will have a few 'strong' performance, more in the 'appropriate' development area and fewer with 'need improvement', " she said.
J.D. Irving volunteers help with the 40-member Chess Club and with cooking and serving breakfast, as well as preparing learning materials, coaching, helping to publish the school newspaper, PCS Flash and teach children how to knit. They man the library, provide work-placement opportunities at JDI, help out on ski trips, take tours to the Irving Nature Park and lend a hand with the float in the Christmas parade.
Lunch is also served to the children every day at school. It's free one day a week and the cost is under $2 on other days. Students who can't afford the small fee have other options nearby, like the Saint John Boys and Girls Club whose volunteers feed hungry children lunch daily.
On a winter's day, J.D. Irving volunteer Shawna Fenton and nine-year-old Mikayla Brookins read a book together, volunteers Bonnie Taylor and Patti Stevens create Christmas cards with Kelly Earle, 10, and Michaela Burge, 9.
At the same time, JDI's Marilyn Hebert is arriving to spend some time with a couple of youngsters just to talk, or maybe colour or draw. Her mission is help make the girls, who are 10 and 11, feel good about themselves.
The relationship is teaching the children to give back, too.
Art students painted Christmas designs on the JDI
windows, and members of the school's Leadership Committee unloaded trucks at the Community Food Basket and stocked the shelves of the Charlotte Street operation. Some even opt to work around the school during their summer vacation.
Prince Edward Square is also benefiting from the partnership, says mall manager Stan Baird, whose sons attended Prince Charles and are the family's fourth generation to settle in the community.
"I know the neighbourhood," says Baird. "I knew the problems of the past and I don't see that today. I see boys and girls planting flowers, I see them picking up garbage during recess and playing properly. We have no problems whatsoever with graffiti or vandalism from the students of Prince Charles. We used to..."
Before PALS, the school had a hard time forming a school/parent advisory committee, says Bev MacDonald, education director for District 8. Today, the school has a fully functioning group of parents helping support the school.
"By seeing the mentors come and go and seeing the type of things they do, the whole atmosphere has changed," says MacDonald. "Prince Charles is now, truly, a community school. The children, the families, the teachers and the community at large are involved in supporting the growth and education of all of these children."
MacDonald recalls the day she was approached by J. K. Irving about PALS, an initiative of the Business Community Anti-Poverty Initiative (BCAPI) to help poor children succeed in school. The hope is that, by providing positive role models and additional resources, attitudes will change and the poverty cycle will be broken.
Because JDI's head office is a stone's throw from the school, employees saw the need as they passed by every day. The fit was a natural one.
"They said, 'we're right here in their backyard and we want to do something at Prince Charles School. Can you help us?' " MacDonald recalls that first meeting.
Today, the partnerships that have been formed go well beyond mentoring, says MacDonald.
"These people are feeding kids. They do clothing drives in their corporations. They coach, they sit down and read with children, or just be their friend."
Tomorrow: Reports on what's happening with the Partnerships Assisting Local Schools program at three other city schools.
LET THEM GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HIS
UNFAILING LOVE AND HIS WONDERFUL DEEDS FOR
( PSALM 107:8 *NIV )
Today Charles, we will look at the shortest Chapter
in the Bible. It is located at the center of the Bible as well!
This Chapter is the 117th in the Book of Psalms.
Though it is only two verses of praise for our Heavenly
Father, it gives us two big reasons to praise Him indeed!
1. PRAISE THE LORD, ALL YOU GENTILES! LAUD HIM,
ALL YOU PEOPLES!
[laud] means, "to speak very well of." The Hebrew word
for Gentiles means all people except the Jews; the word
for peoples speaks of other groups, along ethnic or
2. FOR HIS MERCIFUL KINDNESS IS GREAT TOWARD
US, AND THE TRUTH OF THE LORD ENDURES
FOREVER. PRAISE THE LORD!
Merciful kindness refers to God's faithfulness to His
Covenant promises, to His Children all over the World.
Now Charles, have you ever said to yourself, "I can't
think of anything that God has done for me lately. Therefore
how can I praise Him?" Well, this short Psalm gives us
two big reasons to praise our Heavenly Father; His
tremendous love toward us, and His faithfulness that
endures forever. So just think, if God did nothing else for
us He would still be worthy of our highest praise everyday!
Have a wonderful day,Charles, and may the Love of God
fill your heart and mind, today and always!
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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It was that time of year where School is history and it’s time to enjoy the many presents under the Christmas Tree.
A friend bought Sheana skating and Tim received a phone call from the hospital that her daughter injured her foot while skating.
I took this picture when she made it home.
I will admit that never once have I heard her complain about her mishap. She’s a good little girl.!!!!
Today she had a cast put on leg.
Things can happen very fast, Please make sure you have thought of all the safety factors before your child steps onto the ice this winter.
Have you checked your list of things that you may need?
(( If your child might be a first time skater))
2/ cone supports
3/ Ankle supports
4/ padded clothing
5/ mix these ingredience with a little common sense and hopefully it will be a pleasant little adventure for your child.