In June 2016, the Red Deer Regional Catholic Education Foundation announced funding for 15 school based projects ($29,810) and six Division projects ($20,190) for a total of $50,000. In addition to funding these projects, the Foundation will award $2,500 in scholarships to five students during the fall of 2016.

School Based Projects

1. École Camille J. Lerouge School – Pure Witness Youth Retreats

Middle school students will be able to take part in Pure Witness Youth Retreats, which focus on living a life with Christ in accordance with the Gospel. $3,000 has been allotted towards this initiative.

2. École Our Lady of the Rosary School – Christian Character Centre Expansion

The Christian Character Centre that is housed in the school’s Learning Commons will be expanded to provide more student resources. These resources will help enhance students’ Catholic faith through learning Bible stories. $700 has been allotted towards this initiative.

3. École Secondaire Notre Dame High School– Bridges

Students and seniors from the school’s parish community meet together on a regular basis and engage in activities designed to foster relationship building, mentoring, empathy, communication and team building. $800 has been allocated to maintain this mutually beneficial program.

4. Father Henri Voisin School – Servant Leadership

The group of students involved in the Servant Leadership program lead prayers, faith celebrations and events. These students also help out in activities throughout the school. This program has been allotted $750.

5. Father Henri Voisin School – Packing Up for Literacy

The “Packing Up for Literacy” project will help students improve their literacy through the creation and sharing of literacy backpacks. $600 has been allocated towards this project.

6. Holy Family School – Faith Retreats

Grade 1 to 5 students will get to experience Faith Retreats, such as Our Lady of Victory Camp, which fosters virtues of friendship, kindness and living in Christ. $3,400 has been allotted to this project.

7. St. Francis of Assisi Middle School –Mental Health Project

The Mental Health Project helps students deal with anxiety, stress and building resiliency through the Community Partners program and school activities. This project has been allocated $2,200.

8. St. Francis of Assisi Middle School – Our Lady of Victory Camp Retreats

Grade 7 and 8 retreats hosted at Our Lady of Victory Camp will provide students with an opportunity to explore what it means to become an active Catholic community member. $3,310 has been allotted to this program.

9. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School – Dual Language Books

$1,000 has been allocated to the school for more dual language books to help English as a Second Language families.

10. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School – Breakfast/Lunch Program     

The school will use $1,250 to expand their breakfast program by offering food daily and continue to provide lunches to students.

11. St. Martin de Porres School – Little Free Libraries

Students will create 12 Little Free Libraries filled with an assortment of recycled books, which will be put throughout the community of Red Deer in partnership with the “Small Acts Matter” and “Books on the Bus” programs. $3,480 has been allotted to this project.

12. St. Patrick’s Community School – Breakfast Program

$1,500 has been given to the breakfast program to continue offering nutritious food to students at the school on a daily basis.

13. St. Teresa of Avila School – Breakfast Program

$3,000 has been given to the breakfast program to continue offering nutritious food daily to students at the school.

14. St. Teresa of Avila School – Bucket Fillers for Jesus

A group of Grade 4 and 5 student leaders have selected activities to support mental and physical health initiatives in the school with faith components. $700 is allocated to these activities in the school.

15. St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School – Faith Retreats

The school will offer four grade specific Faith Retreats throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Students will experience first-hand accounts of God’s merciful love through both word and personal witness. $4,300 has been allotted to these retreats.

Division Wide Initiatives

1. Middle School Second Annual District Band Event

École Camille J. Lerouge School, École Mother Teresa School, St. Francis of Assisi Middle School, St. Patrick’s Community School and St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School students will come together for the Second Annual District Band Event to work with new clinicians and master conductors. $5,690 has been allotted towards this initiative.

2. RDCRS READS 2016 Summer Reading Program

The RDCRS READS Summer Reading Program is an exciting way to encourage our students to read throughout the summer months. Sixteen of our schools have chosen to participate in this program with approximately 2,300 students involved in the summer of 2015. $5,000 has been allotted towards this program.

3. Grow Boys 2017

Grow Boys is a full day leadership conference for Grade 5 boys in Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools to provide sessions to support the happy, healthy growth and development of these students. $1,500 has been allocated towards this event.

4. Go Girls 2017

Go Girls is a one day event that promotes health and wellness to all Grade 5 girls in Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools and Red Deer Public Schools. The high school students volunteer their time to provide mentorship for the Grade 5 girls. This event has been allocated $1,500.

5. Self-Regulation Tool Kits

Self-regulation tool kits will be developed to help students regulate their sensory needs and make them more productive within a school setting. $2,500 has been allotted to this project.

6. Wild West Youth Conference

Four students from each school in the Division will have the opportunity to participate in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton’s Wild West Youth Conference hosted in Red Deer on September 30 to October 2, 2016. Selected students will have the opportunity to grow in their Catholic faith and be leaders of their school communities. $4,000 has been allocated towards this event.