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Student leadership focus of ‘TP WE’ event

May 04, 2016

​Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to announce that Teepee Creek School (TCS) will host a 'TP WE' event for more than 160 Grades 5-8 students from LaGlace, Woking, Rycroft and Teepee Creek Schools on Friday, May 6. The event will feature guest speakers who will encourage students to become leaders. Students will also participate in group activities designed to develop team-building skills, including hooping, drama, technology sessions, outdoor games, and farm safety.

Principal Casey Brown says the idea for a school-based TP WE event began developing when they learned there would be no Mighty Peace Day event in Grande Prairie this year.

"Our students had been looking forward to Mighty Peace Day, and were disappointed when they learned they would have to wait until next year to attend the event," adds Ms. Brown. "In a discussion with our school staff, the name 'TP WE' was coined, and the framework for an event aimed at celebrating and developing positive leadership skills unfolded soon after."

Students registering for Friday's event at 9:00 a.m. will receive swag bags and be entered in prize draws for outdoor equipment, wireless headphones and an iPad. Staff and students will be organized into six groups to participate in the day's events.

Following registration, Paige Sutherland will deliver a keynote address in the school gym. Ms. Sutherland is a professional trick rider whose personal motto, Dream! Believe! Become! will encourage students to follow through on their vision for their future.

Groups will disperse to participate in a variety of sessions throughout the morning and afternoon, with a break for a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m. Technology sessions will be led by PWSD's Education Technologists Leah Montes and Memorese Walker. 'Capture the Flag' will be facilitated by former TCS physical education teacher Dan Bishop; hooping sessions will be led by Amanda Syryda of Hip Flick Hoops; current TCS teacher Desiree Klause will host drama sessions; and Kaley Segboer, marketing and communications coordinator for Ag for Life and Dina Sutherland, UFA community investment manager will present important lessons in farm safety.

Students and staff will reconvene in the gym at 1:50 p.m. for a wrap-up keynote presentation by Kiesha Mastrodimos, a graduate of Beaverlodge Regional High School, who in her final year of high school, suffered a severe spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident. Despite the setback, Miss Mastrodimos' can-do attitude and indomitable spirit have helped her far surpass the outcomes predicted by her doctors. This fall, she will head off to college.

"Given the recent turn of events in Fort McMurray, and in keeping with the WE Day theme of helping others, we will also be collecting cash donations for the Red Cross during the TP WE event," adds Ms. Brown. "Our hope is that students will develop new skills and come away with positive thoughts that will stay with them for life," she says.

Photo Caption: Teepee Creek School will play host to more 160 Grades 5-8 students at TP WE on Friday, May 6, 2016.