Winter sports are fun at Eliza Archie Memorial School

Student reports on what is happening at the Eliza Archie Memorial School

Eliza Archie Memorial School students had a thrill recently when they got to go on helicopter rides thanks to West Fraser Mills' 100 Mile Lumber. Canim Lake Band band manager Alana Dixon arranged the ride for the students.

Eliza Archie Memorial School students had a thrill recently when they got to go on helicopter rides thanks to West Fraser Mills' 100 Mile Lumber. Canim Lake Band band manager Alana Dixon arranged the ride for the students.

In special news, the Eliza Archie Memorial School (EAMS) students went on a helicopter ride over Canim Lake.

It was fun, but when we took off, I had a tingly feeling.

When we were flying, we saw a lot of tracks on the creeks. I was hoping I’d see a cougar or a moose or even a deer but I didn’t. I would want to go again if I could.

Thank you to our band manager Alana Dixon for arranging everything. Thank you to West Fraser Mills’ 100 Mile Lumber for flying us!

 

Skating

At EAMS, we often go skating at our ice rink by the band office.

Willie Frank and Vern Christopher take care of it. They water it every week. I helped with the watering once.

Last week, we went skating at the recreation centre in 100 Mile House.

 

Skiing

The school previously got a $1,000 grant from First Nations Education Steering Committee as part of the “Get Healthy, Stay Healthy” Challenge.

We used it for our skiing equipment. We bought five pairs of cross-country skies and poles. We make tracks on our soccer field and we ski during recesses and for P.E.

Every year, we go downhill skiing at Sun Peaks with our fitness co-ordinator Patricia Diamond. Only grades 4-7 students get to go on the trip.

 

Snowshoeing

Every winter, we go snowshoeing. We make tracks around our baseball field.

Sometimes for P.E., we go snowshoeing, but we only go snow-shoeing if there is enough snow. It needs to be up to your knees or about 12 centimetres. You are able to go in the deep snow without falling in when wearing snowshoes.

 

Winter Carnival

Every year, we have a winter carnival. We have races like sledding, skating, and snowshoeing and ice sculpture.

We also have a game called slogging that has us use giant square logs with things to strap your feet in. We have a starting point and finish point. It can fit about three people on it and we have to work together to go fast.

It’s fun! We fall a few times. There are four teams and we go in two groups.

 

Ice-fishing

Every year, we go ice-fishing at Bob’s Lake.

The people who help get everything organized are Eddie Dixon, Marty Dixon, Ivan Christopher, Willie Frank, Don Dixon, Ian Boyce, Chris Amut and John Kalmakoff. These people are all members of Three Feathers and Canim Lake Forestry + Natural Resources.

The things we use to make the holes are augers. Our whole school and people from the community go on this trip. The way we get there is by bus.

The things we use to lure the fish in are fake bugs, glow-in-the-dark bait and worms. I have never actually caught a fish myself yet, but I’m getting there, I hope!

Treyden Christopher is a Grade 7 student at Eliza Archie Memorial School.