Graduation and End of Year
Vermilion Outreach School recently celebrated graduation with ten students being honored on June 3rd.
Graduation is a highlight of our school year. This year there were ten graduates from Vermilion Outreach School. The students and their family celebrated with a supper and ceremony on June 3rd. We were very pleased to have Dr. Richard Starke join us again this year. Bernie Huedepohl addressed the students on behalf of Buffalo Trail Public Schools and Jim Sanson spoke on behalf of East Central Catholic Schools. Courtney was awarded the Premier’s Citizenship Award. Justin Thompson from Vermilion Rotary presented a new award this year of $500 to Dana. Mitchell received the Vermilion Outreach Scholarship of $1000 sponsored by the Vermilion Youth Justice Committee. We want to thank Tami Klatt for the wonderful pictures, Mrs. J’s Catering for the great food, School of Hope for the use of the hall and all our guests and speakers.
The school year has been a strong year for our program. We had a large number of registrations and quickly we were helping around 35 students per day. Our population is always diverse as students bring different talents, personalities and goals. This year, the group of students connected very well with each other creating a lively atmosphere. The students took on an assortment of activities, many organized by Jodi our VIBE coach. Several students became mentors for young people at Vermilion Elementary School. The mentors planned lessons with growth and learning for both the mentor and mentee. Another group volunteered monthly with the hot lunch program at VES. Our Asset Building, organized with the assistance of Kate our Family School Liaison worker, involved many students and gave them opportunities to learn topics beyond their regular courses. We brought in speakers on healthy relationships had many different visitors coming into the building. We were excited to partner with Alberta Health Addiction services to provide a peer support group that met several times each month.
The graduation was an excellent opportunity to celebrate a great year. It has been especially different for the school in adjusting to a new location on main street but staff and students are very happy with our new home. There will be some small changes to staff as Kate will be leaving. We will miss her as we welcome Loranne back to our building. Thanks to the all the organizations who supported us this past year: the Edge, Striker’s Bowling, Lakeland College, Vermilion Elementary School, Vermilion Public Library and our neighbors downtown. We would also like to thank the two school districts for the tremendous support from both Buffalo Trail Public Schools and East Central Catholics Schools, who operate the school in partnership. Our program will be continuing to operate and provide educational opportunities for those who require a flexible, independent program beyond a traditional classroom.
Students in Grad picture:
Standing Left to Right: Brett Preikschas-Flaathen, Christopher Riley, Jordan Rozka, Mitchell Amero, Tyler Bilusack, Mackenzie Young
Sitting L to R:Regina Laurence, Dana Drury, Katya Sokalski, Courtney Campbell