Grade 3 Ecole Crescentview School student Carver Barnett being cheered on by Mr. Botterill while carrying a gym mat like a voyageur would carry a canoe during the Festival du Voyageur celebrations Tuesday. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
Students at Ecole Crescentview School in Portage la Prairie spent the day celebrating the life of voyageurs inside and outside of their school Tuesday.
“It’s important to celebrate Festival du Voyageur in Portage too because it’s about Manitoba’s history,” says Kindergarten teacher, Mme. Hordeski. “We did have some students go to Winnipeg for the celebrations but not everyone can so this was a great way to bring the history to the school here in Portage.”
The day started with an opening assembly where local Grade 1 fiddler Alex Rintoul performed for classmates, before the Grade 4 Jingle Dancers took over. They were both opening acts for for TiBert le Voyageur who performed and interacted with students in different groups. Kids then broke into their classroom groups and took part in face painting, voyageur bingo, temporary tattoos, story time, and even a few outdoor activities.
“The kids outside actually did a little activity where they would pretend a gym mat was a canoe and they had to portage it back and forth across the field,” adds Hordeski. “They also did some voyageur leg wrestling out there as well. It looked like a lot of fun.”
The day ended with a campfire assembly and songs from different classes.