Tec Beeton ES marks Canada 150 with Neema Children’s Choir, back bacon and Alanis Morissette

Over the next few weeks, as we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we’re highlighting some of the Canada 150 celebrations at schools across the SCDSB.

On June 8, Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School held a community event to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. It was an evening of Canadian activities, music and food, with local firefighters on hand to help with the cooking.

The over 250 attendees took part in totem pole chalk drawings, bean bag toss games and hockey. A playlist of Canadian musicians could be heard in the background as local fire fighters flipped back bacon and hot dogs on the grill.

Canadian artwork, facts and history filled the walls and halls of the school, including a map of Canada showing where Tec Beeton families have visited in Canada and what places still need to be explored.

At the end of the evening, the Neema Children’s Choir from Uganda, Africa performed. The Neema Children’s Choir is a group of students, aged 8 to 17, who come to Canada to raise awareness and funds for children in their country. Tec Beeton staff and students presented personalized t-shirts to each member of the choir to welcome them to the school.

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“We’re so proud to have shared our school spirit through this fun event celebrating Canada 150,” said Paula Marengeur, Teacher-Librarian, Tecumseth Beeton ES. “We raised enough to continue to sponsor our two Ugandan students from last year, Henry and Shadia, and we are hopeful that we have raised enough to sponsor a third child as our fundraising totals trickle in. Thank you to our school community for their generosity!”

Seeing the local community come together with those from far away truly encompassed what being Canadian means – welcoming the world.

A special thank you goes to the Tec Beeton School Council, Foodland, WD Potatoes, Horodynsky Farms and RBC bank for their support of this event.

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