Date of publication: December 21

During the holiday season, École catholique Val-des-Bois’ choir visited the residents of Peninsula Manor to spread joy. The concert featured songs in both French and English. It is a true delight to make our Francophone culture accessible to all residents, whether they are French or English-speaking. As a minority, Francophones were touched by the attention, and Anglophones were very open to learning, listening, and appreciating the Francophone culture. As a small community, Marathon’s residents are growing closer over time, and to foster this relationship, the school has become particularly close to these residents through its many visits.

Often, the residents are family members or friends of the family, making the time spent together even more special. The excursions to the manor have brought students much more than just time spent outside the classroom. During these visits, the students’ confidence grows, their problem-solving skills come into play, and there’s a sense of accomplishment for all parties involved.

Kim Ducharme, a parent and member of the school council, graciously organized these visits to the manor, whether it be for singing, playing board games or simply visiting the residents. The students also loved making holiday cards and baked good to give to the residents.

It is thanks to the help of Ms. Ducharme and school staff members, Ms. Renée and Ms. Emma, that visits to the manor happen so frequently and with so much enjoyment.