Heritage Fairs are a grand celebration of Canada's past, in the form of student history projects. Students research Canadian heroes, legends, milestones, and achievements - and proudly present their stories at a public exhibition.
The Grey Roots Regional Heritage Fair allows students to celebrate our heritage and share their work with the community. Participating schools send the best student projects from each class, Grades 4-8, to represent their school. This fair is only possible because of the special talents and dedication of our teachers and principals.
Teachers, for more information, or to schedule a school visit, please contact Katie Clarke, Education Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 519 376 3690 ext 6128. Deadline to register is January, 2018. Participation is free of charge.
Grey Roots is extremely grateful for all the amazing community support we have received from groups like the Grey County Historical Society, the Bruce County Historical Society, the Bruce County Genealogical Society, Billy Bishop House, the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. Lastly, we would like to express our gratitude to our many volunteers who worked to bring this event together. Without these groups and individuals, this annual celebration of Canadian history and local students would not be possible.
Interested in volunteering or helping to sponsor this incredible day in 2018? Please contact Katie at 519 376 3690 ext 6128 or at email@example.com.
Spencer Mackay, 1980’s Farm Crisis, Grade 8, Georgian Bay Community School
As a parent I appreciated the opportunity my son received when his teacher, Mrs. Tawnia Courage, sponsored the Heritage Fair at his school. Kieran was honoured and excited to participate in the Grey Roots Regional Heritage Fair. The day was enriched with guest speakers, educational workshops and opportunities for everyone to meet, interact, and share their knowledge and enthusiasm for Canadian heritage. It felt like we were very special and honoured guests. It also shows respect to this young citizen and I think it was wonderful for all the students to feel that honour.
As a teacher I quickly realized the value of this program. We often facilitate research in our classroom, but students do not get a chance to meet with other equally enthusiastic and impassioned peers from other schools. The Grey Roots Regional Heritage Fair provides a unique and much needed opportunity for young talented researchers to meet and exchange ideas and encouragement outside of the school, and into their community. This programme also encourages schools and students to become excited about their own personal histories, experiences, cultures, and heritage of their families, local cities, or other world connections they may have.
Thank you so much for a wonderful opportunity for our entire family, as well as my students. The Grey Roots Regional Heritage Fair is a tradition that has just begun, and should only grow in size and quality each year.
Grade 5 French Immersion Teacher,
Sydenham Community School
In this day and age when the three “Rs” are given short shrift and Google is the road to knowledge, it’s popular to decry the state of education. We all like to criticize and tout the good old days when schools produced scholars. And that’s why, every couple of years, I like to get inside a school or find a way to take the pulse of learning today. Last week I had a chance to adjudicate public school history and heritage projects at Grey Roots Museum and Archives in Owen Sound. Every time I do this I am impressed...by the number of students participating, the people and historic events that capture their imagination, the quality of their research and their oral and graphic presentations. I’m impressed at the effort our museum puts into the next generation of historians. I’m impressed that so many people share my concern for the quality of education today by adjudicating these fairs.
The longer I live, the more important I see that history is...unless we learn it’s lessons, we cannot benefit from them. And the more respect I have for those who teach our grandchildren this challenging subject. If you know a teacher who is bringing Canadian history to life in their classroom why not nominate them for Governor General David Johnston’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching? There’s cash for the teacher and the class, a medal presentation at the Canadian War Museum, but best of all, a ten day tour of First and Second World War battlefields next spring.
Based on some of the outstanding projects I saw last week, there are teachers among us who deserve to be nominated. Details at http://www.canadashistory.ca/Awards. Entries due May 20th.
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