NEWS RELEASE · 27th March 2010
Ministry of Education
B.C. students experienced the Olympics in a unique and memorable way, making this an Olympic and Paralympic school year they will never forget, Minister of Education Margaret MacDiarmid said today.
"The Vancouver 2010 Education Program was a huge success," said MacDiarmid. "Students were given the opportunity to experience the Games and learn about the world through a number of educational programs that embraced valuable teachable moments."
Results of B.C.'s Vancouver 2010 Education Program include:
* 70,000 Student Welcome Cards were created from the artwork of nearly 8,000 students from 180 schools in 62 B.C. communities, and were distributed throughout the athlete's village.
* 121 schools took part in the Adopt a Country program, and the program guide was viewed 65,000 times online. Students in B.C. adopted and learned about countries all over the world, including Korea, Argentina, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands.
* More than 150 schools became Spirit Schools by taking the ActNow BC Healthy Living Pledge and participating in Olympic and Paralympic activities:
* Students at Seycove Secondary in North Vancouver started a garden to reflect the Olympic pillar of sustainability, and tracked the entire torch relay in the school's main hallway.
* Students at Westside Academy in Prince George prepared and performed special music selections for visiting long jump Olympian Ruky Abdulai.
* Students at South Rutland Elementary in Kelowna embraced the Olympic spirit with a unique approach to their Olympic-themed Halloween games.
* Thousands of students from over 100 schools in 50 school districts were involved in local Torch Relay community events across the province.
* More than 12,000 copies of the online Paralympic School Week guide were used and over 70 "Paralympic School Days" were held in B.C. schools. Schools in Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador all celebrated Paralympic School Week along with B.C.
* 12,000 copies of the online program guide for the Student Reporter program were downloaded. Students created blogs and stories to capture the colourful surroundings, energetic moments and intense passion that the Games brought to B.C.
* There were seven student-led webcasts with thousands of participants from around the world. The Sharing the Dream Webcast Series has been archived for future learning.
"Our education programs have reached all corners of the world," said MacDiarmid. "Through our Welcome Cards program, for example, Grade 2 students at Prospect Lake School received responses from athletes, including one who shared that his three children at home in Australia were also doing fun Olympic projects."
The success of the Olympic Education program would not have been possible without the contributions of British Columbia's dedicated parents, educators, trustees, administrators and support staff. British Columbia is committed to being the best educated, most-literate jurisdiction on the continent.