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By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Portage la Prairie school board met in Portage Tuesday night. (file photo)

The Portage la Prairie school board met in Portage Tuesday night. (file photo)

The Portage la Prairie School Division’s board of trustees met Tuesday night and a couple of things were discussed.

The first was a couple of grant recipients as La Verendrye School and Portage Collegiate were both awarded funding for new machinery through the Skills Strategy Equipment Enhancement Fund Grant.

“We got these grants thanks to the proposals sent by the Industrial Arts teacher at LVS Ben McGowan and the automotive teaching team at PCI,” says assistant superintendent, Pam Garnham. “LVS is getting a plasma and laser cutter for the Industrial Arts classroom and PCI will be using their funding for a Snap-on Verus Edge Workstation.”

The grant offered through Manitoba Information and Transportation and both schools will receive a total of $52,809.99. The cost of the new plasma and laser cutter is just over $41,000. The automotive class has been receiving grants for a few years as the teaching staff is vigilant in applying for funding to improve their program.

“A lot of people don’t realize is that we bus two-thirds of our middle school students to LVS for IA classes,” adds Garnham. “They’re bussed from Oakville and Ecole Arthur Meighen to take the program. So Mr. McGowan sees a lot of the students and he’s very excited about the new machinery they’ll get to use.”

The second item of the night was a couple of award recipients.

The Yes I Can awards were presented last week and two Portage la Prairie Students were on the guest list as PCI’s Jules Gilliard and another student from Ecole Crescentview student who can’t be named were both honoured at the event.

“Gilliard won for self-advocacy,” says Garnham. “She’s always advocated for others and herself, she’s quick to point out when something is wrong or if someone is bothering her, and she will talk to people if she’s running into issues at school. She always stands up for what she believes in and she’s a great recipient of the award.”

The Ecole Crescentview student won in the academics category but can’t be named for privacy purposes. The awards were created to recognize the students with special needs and the adults who support them.

Students are nominated by their personnel in the school division and are recognized in one of the following areas, academics, arts, athletics, school and community, self-advocacy, technology, and transition.

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