What is DWAC?
The Durham West Arts Centre is a 'hub' organization working to establish links with artists, arts groups and arts lovers. We want to meet and talk to the groups and individuals who are willing to help build the infrastructure for a permanent arts centre in Ajax-Pickering.

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Our Provincial Project


10 November 2006

I am pleased to extend sincere greetings to everyone participating in the second annual Reading and Remembrance Project 2006: Holocaust and Anti-Racism Education.

Your partnership with the Ontario Power Generation, Veterans Affairs Canada and the Royal Canadian Legion pays tribute to veterans and promotes literacy. Your event serves as a forum for our youth to honour veterans who have served and to celebrate literacy that reflects on the values they so ably defended freedom and liberty.

As Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, part of my mandate is to promote literacy in fly-in First Nation communities, where
there are no roads. Literacy is the foundation on which to build an education and a future. Today as you share the reading of selected literature, you will learn about the sacrifice of many to defend human rights and democracy. These ideals will strengthen your understanding of a just society and inspire you to contribute to your communities across Ontario.

As The Queen's representative in Canada, I wish you an inspiring and successful province-wide reading.

James K. Bartleman


City/Town - School - Special Guest - 35,960 students

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Ajax - Southwood Park P.S., Mayor Steve Parish
Ajax - St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, Mayor Steve Parish
Alexandria - St. Finnan's Catholic Elementary School,
Ayr - Ayr Public School, Mayor Kim Denouden
Ayr - Cedar Creek Public School, Mayor Kim Denouden
Balmertown - The Golden Learning Centre,
Barrie - Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School,
Blenheim - W.J. Baird Public School,
Brampton - Conestoga Public School, Ruby Dhalla, MP for Brampton-Springdale
Brantford - Brant Haldimand,
Brantford - St. Theresa School,
Britt - Britt Public School,
Brockville - J. L. Jordan Catholic Elementary School,
Brockville - St. Francis Xavier School,
Brockville - St. John Bosco Catholic School,
Brockville - St. Mary Catholic High School and Elementary School, We will have a veteran commenting on the poem.
Brooklin - Winchester Public School,
Cardinal - Benson Public School, Mayor Peggy Taylor, Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal
Carleton Place - St. Mary Catholic Elementary School,
Chesterville - St. Mary Catholic School,
Cornwall - Bishop MacDonell Catholic Elementary School,
Cornwall - Bishop Macdonell School,
Cornwall - CDSB of Eastern Ontario 7 secondary schools,
Cornwall - Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, Veterans from Lancaster Royal Canadian Legion
Cornwall - Immaculate Conception School,
Cornwall - Sacred Heart Catholic School,
Cornwall - St Anne Elementary School,
Cornwall - St. Columban's School, Father Gary Ostler - Chaplain for Armed forces (retired)
Cornwall - St. Joseph's Catholic Secondary School, A WWII Veteran
Cornwall - St. Matthew Learning Centre,
Oshawa - Ecole elementaire Antonine Maillet,
Cornwall - St. Peter Catholic School,
Dryden - Pinewood Public School, Mayor Anne Krassilowsky
Dubreuilville - Ecole separee Saint-Joseph, Mayor Rejean Raymond
Elliot Lake - Villa Francaise des Jeunes,
Etobicoke - Seneca School,
Grand Bend - Grand Bend Public School, Mr. Bev Shipley, MP Lambton, Kent, Middlesex
Hagersville - St. Mary's School,
Hamilton - Norwood Park Elementary,
Hamilton - Ryerson Middle School,
Hamilton - Westdale Secondary School,
Hamilton - Westivew Middle School, Tom Lee, Pipe Major for Argylls, and members from the RHLI in Hamilton
Ingleside - Our Lady of Good Counsel,
Kanata - Jack Donohue Public School,
Keewatin - St. Louis School,
Kemptville - St. Michael CHS,
Kemtpville - Holy Cross School, Ed Johnston - World War 2 veteran
Kingston - Calvin Park Public School,
Kingston - John Graves Simcoe Public School,
Perth - St. John Elementary School, Royal Canadian Legion Members
Lanark - Sacred Heart Of Jesus School,
Lindsay - 41 Elementary, 7 secondary schools with the Trillium Lakelands DSB,
London - Ryerson Elementary School, Mayor DeSico Best
Long Sault - St. George's Catholic School, Mayor Jim Bancroft, South Stormont
Markham - St. Monica Catholic School,
Midland - Sacred Heart School, Mayor George MacDonald
Morrisburg - St. Mary-St. Cecilia Catholic School, Veterans from the local Legion
Napanee - Westdale Park Public School,
Nepean - Frank Ryan Catholic Senior Elementary School,
Newmarket - Pickering College,
Noelville - Ecole Riviere-des-Francais,
North Bay - Mother St. Bride, Mayor Victor Fedeli
Omemmee - Scott Young Public School,
Oshawa - Beau Valley Public School, Mayor John Gray
Oshawa - Bobby Orr Public School,
Oshawa - Durham Alternative Secondary School,
Oshawa - Vincent Massey,
Petrolia - Lambton Centennial School,
Pickering - Altona Forest Public School,
Pickering - Fairport Beach PS, His Honour Judge David Stone and veteran Mel Parkinson will read
Pickering - Glengrove Public School, Edith Gelbard will read from the book about her childhood "Hiding Edith"
Pickering - St. Monica Catholic School, Mayor David Ryan
Pickering - Vaughan Willard Public School, Stephen Pettafor, bugler
Port Perry - R. H. Cornish P. S.,
Prescott - St. Joseph Elementary School - Prescott,
Prescott - St. Mark Catholic School,
Russell - Mother Teresa Catholic School, Various members of the military from our school community
Sault Ste. Marie - St. Ann Catholic School,
Smiths Falls - St. Francis de Sales Catholic School,
Smiths Falls - St. James the Greater Catholic School,
St. Andrew's West - St. Andrew's West Catholic School,
Stayner - Byng Public School,
Stoney Creek - Janet Lee Public School,
Stouffville - Summitview Public School, Mayor Sue Sherban
Stratton - Our Lady of the Way School,
Sturgeon Falls - Ecole secondaire Franco-Cite,
Timmins - W. Earle Miller Public School, Mayor Victor Power
Toledo - St. Joseph's School,
Toronto - Albion Heights Junior Middle School,
Toronto - Cordella Avenue Junior Public School,
Toronto - Cordella Avenue Junior Public School,
Toronto - Dante Alighieri Academy,
Toronto - Roselands Jr Public School, Jack Belcher, Royal Canadian Legion
Toronto - Samuel Hearne Sr. Public School,
Toronto - St. James Catholic School,
Toronto - William Burgess Public School, Jack Layton, MP, Toronto-Danforth Leader, Canada's New Democrats
Vankleek Hill - Pleasant Corners Public School, Mr. Gary Barton - Mayor of Champlain Township
Vankleek Hill - St. Jude Catholic Elementary School,
Westport - St. Edward School,
Whitby - Fallingbrook Public School,
Whitby - Jack Miner Public School,
Woodville - Woodville Elementary School, Mayor Barbara Kelly

Making the project special:

  • Students will be expected to make connections with the story told to their Geography unit of settlement patterns
  • Members of the local Legion plan to make this project special
  • About 60 of our students will be involved in making the Remembrance Day service. About 140 will partcipate as an audience.
  • A music and drama presentation will be done as well as art work being displayed by all participants.
  • We will have a gathering and prayer to begin our day with last post played and reflection time with the students. This will also be a red Friday at the school. At 2:10 students will read over the announcements "In Flanders Fields" to the entire school.
  • All students will be given a chance to create a personal written piece to share with at the assembly.
  • We will all attend a Remembrance Day Mass and some of our very own students will be reading poems, essays that they have written for a Legion Contest. One of our students will read "In Flanders Fields" and the rest will join in.
  • We will be reading "In Flanders Fields" at both our elementary and high school assemblies on the morning of November 9th
  • We are getting input from all classes as part of our wreath laying and Remembrance Day ceremony; and different students will read "In Flanders Fields". We are a K-grade6 school, and all students will participate respectfully in our ceremony.
  • Involving the children in the importance of Remembrance Day, and helping them make connections to the sacrifices made for the freedoms that they enjoy.
  • We plan to have a power point presentation, a video depicting war & children will make and lay wreaths at the foot of a cross
  • We plan to use the material presented to us from the VAC in their New Veteran's Week material package. I also plan to obtain copies of the video and song entitled "Soldier". We also have two Remembrance Day services planned for our school on November 10.
  • Remembrance Day Assembly and Para-Liturgy - prayer -poetry -artwork -video -laying of a wreathe
  • We have a World War II veteran coming to speak to the students. Sister Terry will have a prayer and reflection.We have a wreath ceremony and a buglar will play the Last Post. Our school choir will play four songs including "In Flanders Fields". As well th
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  • e are having an assembly, students art work, laying wreaths and crosses, one minute of silence, gospel readings, music.
  • We are a segregated school with students who are severely developmentally delayed. There are 54 students and support staff who are most enthusiastic about reading Remembrance Day books. This will be an excellent end of our day tie-in with our morning cere
  • We will have an assembly at 1:00 and we do a stage tableaux and reading of the poem in groups. All of the students are in military attire. We will also have power point and student made dvds to honour the soldiers from the RHLI and Argyll regiments for WW
  • I plan to read a story about Remembrance Day called "A Poppy for Pappy" then my students will create posters about Remembrance.
  • We will notify the press. We will post photos on our bulletin board and website.
  • School Assembly - reading & remembrance; Students will present dramatic readings
  • Tie in with History Curriculum, students' familiy members who served in the war and Remembrance Day
  • By utilizing the links and resources found on this website
  • We plan to participate in a Liturgy of The Word in conjunction with this. Prayers will be offered for those who fought for us and for those who still fight for us. A special Mass will also be held near this date and will be dedicated especially to those d
  • The reading will take place in the context of a school-wide Remembrance Day service involving several staff and students
  • We will read stories written by our students and make a short Rememberance presentation to staff.
  • School Assembly in gymnasium for all students and staff with students reading their poems regarding the poppy and its symbolism, and regarding war veterans. Gr. 5 student will hear Mayor Jim Bancroft reading a book regarding "In Flanders Fields".
  • Darmatize the poem "Please Wear a Poppy", Choral speaking of "In Flanders Fields", Student reading of "If Yoy Can't Remember, Think". Playing of Terry Kelly Video "A Pittance of Time"
  • Clips from applicable literature read each day for the week leading up to Remebrance Day.
  • We will all recite "In Flanders Fields" (Primary and Junior students and respective teachers and teaching assistants). Then Mr. Pettafor will play The Last Post, have one minute of silence, and then he will conclude with the Reveille. The Junior students
  • World War 2 veteran Mr. Johnston will speak about his experiences during World War 2. We will have a special assembly focusing on peace. We will have several students reading, a powerpoint presentation and our choir will be performing "In Flanders Field
  • We have a number of members from the military involved in our celebration, playing different roles. As well, we have members of the military doing presentations in various classrooms prior to or after the Remembrance Day service. Michael Spence, a local m
  • We will invite parents.
  • Special Assembly with children readings, song and video.Parents are always welcome.
  • Remembrance Day Assembly - We will be commemmorating Remembrance Day with a full school day of grade assemblies. All subject areas are involved in this assembly: drama, media arts, history etc.
  • Our school plans to create a display which incorporates the Kristallnacht Lesson Plan alongside student Literacy contributions.
  • Remembrance Day paraliturgy
  • We will welcome Jack into the school. The grade 5's will be studying government and this will fit nicely into those studies as well as part of our school's Remembrance Ceremonies. We will also publish information about the program in our school newsletter
  • We have just announced our reading and remembrance event in our school newsletter. We hope to have local media cover the event.
  • Our plan is to have the older students work with the younger students. We plan on having a presentation in the gymnasium with a special reading and powerpoint presentation.
  • Assembly
  • Fallingbrook PS, Whitby - Programme

If we have missed your school or there is an error, please let us know.

Resourceson-line Registration form

Media Coverage: Media Release 1, Media Release 2, Letter to Mayors, Media Release 3, Media Release - Edith Gelbard "Hiding Edith" Glengrove P.S. Media Notice

Background material on Reading and Remembrance Project

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