COLUMN: Vivacious before the vacation

After donations and bake sale profits, the class raised more than $250 to go to painting the stage and new curtains.

L.V. Rogers Report

In the classes you can feel the anticipation looming with excited students talking about the new ski gear they bought, or looking out at the snow-topped hills with promise. Now that the first snow has fallen, everyone is waiting for the much needed break. Students are excited for Christmas, visiting family, a break from classes, and especially to go to up Whitewater.

While many schools around North America have been cutting arts programs with the struggling economy, L.V. Rogers is definitely not one of them. The senior theatre performance class recently hosted their “Super Sassy Senior Scene Night. where the Grade 11/12 students demonstrated their talents in both comedies, dramas, and even absurdist plays.

After donations and bake sale profits, the class raised more than $250 to go to painting the stage and new curtains.

Last October, LVR hosted its second annual 24-Hour Writing Contest. The winners have been announced: Grades 9/10 Arianna Murphy-Steed (1st) and William Corvan (2nd); in the Grades 11/12 category Jacob Timmermans (1st) and Zorn Rose (2nd). Congratulations to all the participants.

LVR Leadership students are once again heading up the charge to collect non-perishable food items for the Nelson Food Cupboard. The class earning the most points will receive a pizza party — three points for anything from the Top 10 list; two points for any healthy foods (canned vegetables, fruits, etc.); one point for any non-perishable foods. Donation boxes will be cleared out every Tuesday and Friday during Period 4 and points tallied. Good luck to all classes! And for any parents reading, here is the list of most needed items.

 

Top 10 most needed food items

1. Bulk whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, couscous);

2. Fish (canned salmon, tuna, sardines);

3. Low sugar cereals;

4. Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce;

5. Pasta: whole wheat and alternative grains;

6. Almond, rice, and soy beverages;

7. Canned chick peas, black beans, and bean blends;

8. Peanut butter and other nut butters;

9. Dried fruits, raisins, nuts, and seeds; and

10. Fruit juices

 

In other Leadership news, the 11/12 Rec Leadership class raised over $1,400 for charity at the Leafs’ home game on Saturday. The student-led Amnesty International group hosted their annual Write for Rights this past week, with guest speaker Issa Ebombolo.

The letters are still being counted, but as every year the participation from the students is amazing.

The international cases this year were Belarus: LGBT Rights, and Nigeria: Bulldozers leaving over 2,000 homeless. The Canadian case is Stolen Sisters: Protecting rights of Aboriginal women.

In the past, we’ve also received letters back from the governments in countries where we’ve written acknowledging our movement to protect human rights. Hopefully that will be the case this year as well.

On Thursday, LVR students fought off the November blues by engaging in several games of dodgeball. The lunchtime event was sponsored by the Rec Leadership class.

In the past we’ve had basketball, volleyball, and dance intramurals, and will continue the fun events.

A majority of the students here love the sports intramural days, calling it “an easy way to have fun with friends and get physical activity in the day” and “fun for the people who love sports, but don’t want to join a team.”

Also in sports, Mrs. Morrison’s PE10 class got into the spirit last week as the Nelson Women’s Rugby squad came to put the girls through their paces and introduce them to the game of rugby.

Until the winter break, classes will continue, and students will struggle to keep their focus up as it comes closer. However, knowing the students here, with the amazing extracurriculars they do and the effort put into their classes, the school will stay as active as ever.