Maskwacis college students get journey to Calgary Flames recreation, others go on buying spree

Gertrude Aziz

Junior excessive and highschool college students in Maskwacis, Alta., bought into the vacation spirit final week because of the native hockey groups and Children Up Entrance.

Maskwacis Cree Junior Excessive College college students attended a Calgary Flames recreation on Dec. 7, whereas youngsters from each the junior excessive and highschool went on a buying spree in Edmonton, sponsored by a participant for the Edmonton Oilers.

David McMann, a youth employee on the junior excessive, beforehand labored for the Vancouver Canucks within the early ’90s.

He put out a problem to college students earlier this yr that if they may hold their marks for his or her core lessons at 65 per cent or greater, they’d go on a visit to see the Flames and go to Bow Valley Faculty.

“By the top of the [challenge] we had 9 college students who made the lower,” he mentioned.

“Within the final three or 4 years, I’ve solely had one to 2 college students in all of highschool [who have] been at a touch one stage. That is an incredible begin.”

Whereas the youngsters had been speculated to go to the morning skate with the crew, it was cancelled because of the recreation that evening, however every scholar was given bobbleheads of Jarome Iginla and Mike Vernon. The youngsters went to the sport that evening in opposition to the Minnesota Wild.

“Calgary received in the long run so I used to be completely happy,” McMann mentioned.

McMann mentioned the go to to Bow Valley Faculty, to introduce the scholars to a post-secondary schooling facility, was a enjoyable expertise.

He mentioned Bow Valley has media packages with tools and studios the youngsters had been excited to be taught in. They bought to view a few of the Bow Valley college students’ tasks, a few of which featured intense particular results created by the post-secondary college students, which intrigued the junior excessive college students.

“My college students had been in awe,” McMann mentioned.

Different college students went on buying spree

Kyle Wolfe, a household and scholar help employee at the highschool, mentioned Children Up Entrance let him know {that a} participant for the Edmonton Oilers and Trent Brown, a lawyer, had donated present playing cards for 100 youngsters in Alberta for a buying spree.

Twelve college students from Wolfe’s faculty would get a $250 Walmart present card to spend on themselves.

Two students standing between a large Walmart cart filled with toys and a pillow. Both students are holding toys.
The scholars bought $250 present playing cards for Walmart to purchase no matter they happy, which included video games, toys and items for his or her mates and households. (Submitted by Kyle Wolfe)

“One scholar in junior excessive and one scholar in senior excessive bought their present playing cards and went and purchased their household groceries,” he mentioned.

“These are great males — we might name them in Cree, oskâpêwis, and meaning they’re younger helpers in the neighborhood.”

Wolfe mentioned Evander Kane, the Oilers participant, observed the youngsters had been shopping for groceries and together with Brown, loaded up two extra $250 present playing cards for them to spend on themselves.

“You actually bought to see the characters of those youngsters and what they’d store for,” he mentioned.

A group of students, counsellors and teachers standing with Edmonton Oiler's player Evander Kane.
The scholars had a ‘bus full’ of baggage after the buying spree, counsellor Kyle Wolfe says. (Submitted by Kyle Wolfe)

On the best way again, Wolfe mentioned one scholar mentioned he had by no means had $250 to himself earlier than and mentioned “This was the perfect day of my life.”

“In Indigenous communities plenty of our youngsters fall by means of the cracks for no matter purpose,” Wolfe mentioned.

“There’s so many social constructions and programs which are failing our folks nonetheless to at the present time.… It was undoubtedly one thing particular as a result of it was round Christmas time [and] Christmas is not at all times time for lots of people. It was undoubtedly a heartfelt day and it was undoubtedly effectively price it.”

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