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CONTRIBUTION · 15th March 2011
Arjunna Miyagawa
A lucky group of Grade 11 students from Centennial Christian School will be heading east to participate in Vimy Ridge Week, which takes place April 3-9 in Ottawa. As part of the event, students will be touring many of the national institutions including a visit toThe House of Commons, The National War Museum, and participate in the Vimy Ridge Memorial Service.

The schools involvement in this event is part of a program called Encounters with Canada (EWC). For those unfamiliar with EWC, it is Canada’s largest youth forum where each week approximately 130-150 students from across Canada, aged 14 -17, stay at the EWC’s Terry Fox Youth Centre in Ottawa. During their weeklong stay students develop civic leadership skills, tour national institutions, explore career options and meet celebrated Canadians.

This year will be the first time a class from this school participates in this program. “It’s a great opportunity to take education beyond the walls of the school and see it in person.” said Social Studies 11 teacher, Edgar Veldman.

Each day, students will take day trips and then break out into groups to talk about their daytime experience.

The grade 11 class recently held a school bazaar in order to help offset some of the costs for some families. The school bazaar was swarming with people having all sorts of fun playing games and eating. According to Veldman, this event and the anticipation of going to Ottawa, has created quite a buzz.

For those looking for more info on Vimy Ridge Week and Encounters with Canada, check out the links below.

http://www.ewc-rdc.ca/en/home.html

http://www.vimyfoundation.ca/vimyridgeweek/