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Community Partnership Benefits Students at St. David School

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Francis McNamara, a grade 6 student from Mrs. Kilby's class at St. David School enjoyed the sun and snow during the Community Winter Safety event on Ramsey Lake.

February 15, 2011 - N.O.A.H. (New Opportunities and Hope), a committee made up of citizens who reside in the Flour Mill and Donavan areas of the city and the Greater Sudbury Police Service Neighbourhood Policing Unit worked in a pro-active capacity to host a fun filled day on the ice for over 100 pre teens and families. The purpose of the "winter safety" event was to provide an opportunity for youth who are from the Flour Mill and Donovan areas of Greater Sudbury to participate in a planned snowmobile ride and to participate in a variety of winter safety workshops.

Approximately 50 community minded snowmobilers provided area youth the opportunity to go for a snowmobile ride which was coordinated by members of the Greater Sudbury Police Service and S.T.O.P. officers. Following the ride, the snowy and frozen landscape served as a classroom where the youth participated in practical winter safety workshops and activities including first aid, healthy lifestyle choices, pre-trip planning, outdoor survival skills, risk and prevention of frostbite/hypothermia and winter water hazards. Participants will witness a live water ice rescue.

Jennifer Gran, grade 5 teacher at St. David Catholic School, stated that she was "impressed by the volunteerism, high level of community organization, and basic emphasis on fun and laughter throughout the day". Gran stated." My students learned valuable lessons in winter safety, were able to see local police as their friends and allies and were able to enjoy the winter weather while laughing and learning all at the same time".

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