Youngsters taking steps towards starting school in Lac la Hache

Community news happening around the Lac la Hache area of the South Cariboo

Three-year-old Lily Graham from 100 Mile House enjoyed planting sunflowers seeds at Lac la Hache Elementary School on Jan. 21

Three-year-old Lily Graham from 100 Mile House enjoyed planting sunflowers seeds at Lac la Hache Elementary School on Jan. 21

The Ready, Set, Learn science-themed Exploration and Discovery Day was held in the Lac la Hache Elementary School gym on Jan. 21.

This is an annual event put on in conjunction with the StrongStart program for children under the age of five.

Ready, Set, Learn Discovery Day is put on to inform parents of pre-school children what services are available for them. Parents were able to speak with resource providers from Child Care Cariboo Resource and Referral, Success By 6, find out what the 100 Mile House Branch Library has to offer young children.

The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre and the Cedar Crest Society for Community Living also attended event.

Organizer Shelly Joyner, School District 27 early year’s co-ordinator and GROW teacher, says there was information regarding infant development, supported child development and out-of-school special needs support program.

Parents attended with their preschoolers and they could interact and play with the many toys and activities, including having fun planting sunflower seeds, but first they needed to get the dirt just right.

The StrongStart program is in the Lac la Hache Elementary School gym every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, with the exception of school holidays.

The children have time to play, learn, make new friends, read books and do some artwork. Parents are encouraged to participate in the activities with their children. Contact the elementary schools in the area for their schedule times.


School news

There are plans underway for the students to take a trip to Alkali Lake for a mini powwow with the band’s school students.

They are also planning to have a sled dog team come to the school to give rides to the students and do a workshop on how the northern First Nations people used dog sleds as their main mode of transportation.

Principle Steve Carpenter says they have begun their preparation for a year-end field trip to Barkerville, so the students are every excited.

He adds students will be hitting the slopes Feb. 24, with some students going up to Mt. Timothy, and the rest going to The Hills Health Ranch to go tubing.

A camp-out sometime in June is also possibility, Carpenter says.

“f there are any trained life guards in the area who would be willing to come and supervise a swim session, please contact me at the school at 250-396-7230.”

With the warmer weather expected to last for the next week or two, the students will be trying out the school’s snowshoes.


Community Club

The annual general meeting of the Lac la Hache Community Club will be held on Feb. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lac la Hache Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.


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Contact this writer with any happenings around Lac la Hache that you would like to share with the community –, or call me at 250-395-0918.